➡️ Back to the IPPN group!

Join us for the next IPPN Knowledge Café, a webinar series focused on building the IPPN members’ capacity to better understand a systems perspective on policy integration and acceleration; and integrated policy solutions, including curation of tools and resources that support the design and implementation of cross-cutting policy solutions.

About this webinar

The UN Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction (2023) calls for resilience to be the foundation of efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by addressing ‘resilience deficits’ across all goals, ensuring a balance between people (social resilience), planet (environmental resilience), and prosperity (economic resilience). It presents a new way of viewing and assessing progress towards sustainable development through the lens of risk and resilience in a changing climate. To reverse a downward spiral, countries and communities need to build systems that can prevent or better manage risk. This ability to reduce risk, and recover from disasters, in a manner that is transformative, allowing the impacted communities to bounce forward, is at the root of resilience.    

The maps in this report highlight a number of resilience deficits that are holding back achievement of key sustainable development goals. At the same time, the report’s case examples show that this is not inevitable, and how action is possible on every continent to stop the worsening spiral of risk and disasters and to accelerate SDG target achievement. 


Join this session to learn about new analysis and mapping of hazards and disasters in the UN Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) that can serve as tools for foresight and planning into the future. This session will also provide insights from country-level experiences combating heat through heat action plans (HAPs) using a participatory approach in cities across India; and Yemen where increasing water stress is being averted through a more resilient and integrated system of using renewable water are creating ecological and economic dividends. 

Welcome and scene-settings remarks will be provided by Laurel Hanson, DRR Expert, Office of Emergencies and Resilience, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO, on behalf of IPPN).

This discussion will present concrete experiences from the following keynote speakers:

  • Jenty Kirsch-Wood, Head of Global Risk Analysis and Reporting, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)
  • Tawfeek Saeed, Deputy Team Leader, Peace Operations Support Unit, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Yemen

This will be followed by a Q&A and exchanges with the audience! 

Session materials

Watch the session recording, find the PPT presentations and all relevant links are posted in the comments section below.

About the speakers

Jenty Kirsch-Wood joined the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in 2022 as the Head of Global Risk Analysis and Reporting. Previously she served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan and advised Viet Nam and Nepal on climate change and disaster resilience issues. She also served as the Disaster and Climate Change Policy Focal Point for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She has over 20 years’ experience working with UN agencies and non-governmental organizations in Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya and Somalia. Jenty holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. 

Aromar Revi is the Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) India’s prospective Institution of Eminence and interdisciplinary national University focused on urbanization. He is an international expert on Sustainable Development; Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), from where he helped lead a successful global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 11) as part of the UN’s 2030 development agenda. He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi. He is a global practice and thought leader, and educator with over 35 years of interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, public policy and governance, human settlements, global environmental and technological change. 

Tawfeek Saeed is the Deputy Team Leader of the Peace Operations Support Unit, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Yemen. He has vast experience working on peacebuilding, community resilience, conflict resolution, social cohesion, and stabilization programmes. He has contributed to the design and implementation of training materials and manuals on promoting community cohesion and peacebuilding targeting national and local-level trusted actors (Insider Mediators), CSOs, as well as women-led organizations. He is currently the focal point for enhancing UNDP programming on climate change, disaster risk reduction, and water resources management. 

Connection details

Date: Wednesday, 23 August 2023

Time: 7:00 AM Panama | 8:00 AM New York | 3:00 PM Addis Ababa/ Amman/ Istanbul | 7:00 PM Bangkok

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Comments (1)

Nadine Ravaud
Nadine Ravaud

Dear IPPN community, thank you for joining today's Knowledge Café! Find attached the PPT presentations, and a few resources shared during the session:
- United Nations, 2023: GAR Special Report 2023: Mapping Resilience for the Sustainable Development Goals, https://www.undrr.org/gar/gar2023-special-report#recommendations
- United Nations, 2021: UN Common Guidance on Helping Build Resilient Societies, https://www.sparkblue.org/resilience-guidance and previous Knowledge Cafe on the topic: https://www.sparkblue.org/event/webinar-ippn-knowledge-cafe-introductio…
- UNDP, 2021: Towards an Actionable Framework for Governing Systemic Risk. UNDP Global Policy Network Brief, https://www.undp.org/publications/dfs-towards-actionable-framework-gove…
- Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS): https://iihs.co.in/

- UNDP, 2022: A Holistic Approach to Addressing Water, Resources Challenges in Yemen. UNDP Strategic Framework, https://www.undp.org/yemen/publications/strategic-framework-holistic-ap… and UNDP project in Yemen: https://www.undp.org/yemen/projects/enhancing-resilience-through-sustai…
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