Digital resilience: Technology and tools for local disaster risk reduction
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2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (GMT+2)
The session Digital Resilience: Technology and tools for local disaster risk reduction is co-organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), within the framework of its flagship initiative, Making Cities Resilient 2030, ICLEI, and the European Committee of the Regions' Commission for Natural Resources (NAT). Convening a wide range of stakeholders at local, regional, national and global level, this session will discuss the importance of robust and interconnected digital systems in tackling disaster risk at the local level and providing ideas for better community involvement in building stronger and more resilient cities and regions. It will also look at how technology is being used to generate social cohesion and participation, as well as to connect cities through learning experiences.
At the same time, digitalisation also brings to the fore the growing interconnectedness and interdependencies of our systems, in which the internet and cyberspace have become central elements, offering opportunities and solutions while at times also increasing the risk of emerging man-made disasters.
Yet, digital resilience is and remains all about our societies. This session will look at how technology is being used to generate social cohesion and participation, as well as to connect cities through learning experiences. Local resilience practitioners from all over Europe will present their experiences in developing local DRR plans for smarter and more resilient cities.
The session is very timely taking place ahead of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October and considering that digital resilience is high on the European agenda. Furthermore, it coincides with the thematic semester of the UNDRR Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative which is dedicated to digital transformation.