ESCAP News In Brief: June 23, 2014

UN training programme to improve disaster risk management in China

With over 5.6 million people affected by floods in southern China and 35,000 people evacuated after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Yunnan in recent weeks, China is boosting its efforts to address disaster risks by bolstering disaster risk management education programmes.

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Center for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) is supporting these efforts by translating and localizing its training module on ICT for disaster risk management in China, in partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). The module, part of UN-APCICT’s Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders (Academy), strengthens existing training on disaster risk management by highlighting the important role that ICTs play in supporting disaster managers and authorities in preparedness, response and recovery. It also helps officials understand how enhancing disaster management fits in the bigger picture of development.

UN-APCICT launched the new module on 16 June at the ‘Metropolis Public Security and Emergency Management International Conference’organized by IAEM and the Shanghai Administration Institute (SAI) in Shanghai, China. The launch served as a stepping stone for discussions on strengthening China’s ICT for Development (ICTD) human and institutional capacity building efforts through the introduction and localization of other Academy modules in Chinese. The event was followed by a one-day national workshop organized by UN-APCICT and IAEM on ICT for Disaster Risk Management.

About the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders
Since its launch in 2008, the Academy programme has been adopted and rolled-out in 27 countries in Asia-Pacific and beyond. Its comprehensive 11-module curriculum has been helping government officials and policymakers in their capacity building efforts by providing knowledge and skills on how to leverage ICT for national and regional socio-economic development. Currently, Academy modules are available in 12 languages.