6 November 2020, Hiroshima, Japan – On World Tsunami Awareness Day, 5 November, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) launched the latest cycle of UNITAR Women’s Leadership: A Tsunami-based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Programme, with the support of the People and Government of Japan and through collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
The world faces challenges beyond increasing natural hazards. The current pandemic, COVID-19, has necessitated rapid shifts in many aspects of world impacting lifestyles and sense of value. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the necessity to discuss DRR techniques that include planning for risk management of biological hazards, such as viruses.
In this cycle, the programme has been renewed with various online tools including a micro-learning app and virtual reality tours using VR goggles to meet the needs under the current circumstances. It will provide about 90 women from 14 Pacific SIDS with key skills to develop an “inclusive country DRR Plan” that is contextualized for each country with consideration of both natural and biological hazards.