This online course is provided by UNITAR for FREE. 

Duration: 03 Jul - 31 Mar 2015

Course Objective

The new DRR Framework for Action to be adopted in March 2015 will be the outcome of a process unfolding over two years including a variety of stakeholders and several on-line, regional and thematic consultations. These consultations help build consensus but also bring to the fore new issues that have to be discussed and agreed during the Preparatory Committee Meetings and ultimately at the Sendai World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The challenge for diplomats and experts acting as delegates is to maintain a fair appraisal of the key issues being discussed while remaining up-to-date on the current process and the forthcoming deadlines and events. This online tutorial aims to contribute to establishing a levelled playing field for all actors involved, thus facilitating in a transparent and impartial way the discussion and adoption of the new Framework.

This initiative is undertaken in consultation with the SRSG for Disaster Reduction and in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

This is an online course provided by McGill University through eDx for FREE.

Duration: 12 weeks, starts on 14 January 2015

Course Objective

No region on Earth is immune from natural disasters. As we gain scientific understanding into the causes and nature of such phenomena, we become better able to mitigate the effects of disasters. Yet as the world's population continues to grow, an increasingly large number of people are at risk. This course examines the science behind different types of disasters and our ability or inability to control and predict such events. From this course the student will gain an appreciation of natural disasters beyond the newspaper headlines, and will better understand how the effects of disasters can be reduced.

There is an urgent need for people from all walks of life to better understand the scientific principles behind the occurrence of natural disasters. City planners need to know where and where not to site buildings. Politicians need to make scientifically informed decisions. Emergency management officials need to understand the nature of a potential disaster and ways to mitigate such an event. Journalists need to report scientifically accurate information.

This online course is provided by McGill University through eDx for FREE.

Duration: 15 weeks, course has ended but course archive available at eDx

Course Objective

No region on Earth is immune from natural disasters. As we gain scientific understanding into the causes and nature of such phenomena, we become better able to mitigate the effects of disasters. Yet as the world's population continues to grow, an increasingly large number of people are at risk. This course examines the science behind different types of disasters and our ability or inability to control and predict such events. From this course the student will gain an appreciation of natural disasters beyond the newspaper headlines, and will better understand how the effects of disasters can be reduced.

There is an urgent need for people from all walks of life to better understand the scientific principles behind the occurrence of natural disasters. City planners need to know where and where not to site buildings. Politicians need to make scientifically informed decisions. Emergency management officials need to understand the nature of a potential disaster and ways to mitigate such an event. Journalists need to report scientifically accurate information.

This course is provided by UNITAR for FREE. 

Duration: 20 to 24 October 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the concepts of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction;
  • Identify the Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Global Campaign 10 Essentials to enhance resilience to disasters;
  • Adapt and use MCR Global Campaign existing tools to support capacity development needs of local governments, and identify needs for additional content and tools; 
  • Identify good practices and forms for cooperation with other participating cities