On 16 June, UN-APCICT officially launched the Chinese version of its module on ICT for disaster risk management at the Metropolis Public Security and Emergency Management International Conference, organized IAEM and the Shanghai Administration Institute in Shanghai, China.
With more than 5.6 million people affected due to 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.
To contribute to these efforts, the United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Center for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) partnered with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) to translate and localize its training module on ICT for disaster risk management. The module, part of UN-APCICT’s Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders (Academy),strengthens existing training on disaster risk management in Chinese by highlighting the important role that ICTs have in providing support to disaster managers and authorities in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. It also sensitizes officials on how enhancing disaster management fits in the bigger picture of development.
To introduce the newly localized module, UN-APCICT officially launched it on 16 June 2014 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 the stepping stone for discussions on strengthening China’s ICTD human and institutional capacity building efforts through the introduction and localization of other Academy modules into Chinese.
The event was followed by a one-day national workshop organized by UN-APCICT and IAEM on ICT for Disaster Risk Management. The workshop delivered training on the localized module to over 30 community leaders, who were updated on the key concepts and application of ICTs for disaster management as outlined in the module.