University of East London (UK) UN International Day for Disaster Reduction: Building Youth Leadership

Target audience: Youth and experts from disaster management agencies, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups, businesses, academic and other stakeholders

Focus: Developing countries

Watch Summary Video In celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) 13th of October 2016 the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD),the Arab Urban Development Institute and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth Young Scientists Platform on DRR are working together to meaningful and self-led youth-engagement of culture of risk-awareness in the developing countries. This one day event will introduce the burdens faced on young people in regards to natural and manmade disasters, stressing that these burdens pose huge challenges for the youth and more importantly undermine development efforts in all sectors of social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability. The unique role and the value youth can play (innovators, scientists, inter-cultural ambassadors, peer-to-peer trainers, community mobilizers and advocates for vulnerable people) will be empowered to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, reduce mortality rates and improve resilience in the lead up to World Conference for DRR and beyond.


08:30-09:00     Registration

09:00-10:30     Opening session

Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk
Chair: Prof. Siraj Sait Director Centre for Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC), University of East London, UK

Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance
Chair: Dr. Mohamed Shamou, Quality & Reliability Consultant, Ford Motor Company, UK

10:30-10:45     Coffee/Tea Break

10:45-12:05     Second Session

Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Chair: Dr. Olajumoke Okoya, MBA Director, University of East London, UK

Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness to “Build Back Better”
Chair: Angelique Pouponneau, Vice-Chairperson, Commonwealth Youth Council, UK

12:05-12:30     Closing Session

12:30-13:00     Lunch


  • Prof. Allam Ahmed President World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Director Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), UK
  • El-Khidir Daloum Mahmoud Ahmed (MBE) Independent Humanitarian and Development Expert, UK
  • Karl Astbury Business Partner, Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), UK
  • Ian Bathgate Director of Business Development, Centre for Innovation Management & Enterprise (CIME), Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London, UK
  • Dr. Randolph Cooper, Dean, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London, UK
  • Nuha Eltinay Director of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, City Development Strategy (CDS)-Programme, Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI), Saudi Arabia and PhD student at School of Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, UK
  • Mark Harvey CEO of Resurgence, UK
  • Moa M Herrgård Deputy Organising Partner, UN Major Group for Children & Youth, Sweden
  • Stefan Knights, Partnerships Lead, Commonwealth Youth Climate Network, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK
  • Jack McQuibban Advocacy & Networks Coordinator, Restless Development, UK
  • Prof. Virginia Murray Public Health Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England and Vice-chair UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG), UK
  • David Otto Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime/Security Expert and CEO, TGS Intelligence Consultants Ltd, UK
  • Dr. Adrian Rabe London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Dr. David Rubens Managing Director, Deltar Training Solutions Ltd, UK
  • Prof. Siraj Sait Director Centre for Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC), Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London, UK