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The conflict in Syria: Great Power Politics and Humanitarian Consequences
Description: This NUPI seminar will look at the Syrian conflict from different angles and perspectives – from geopolitical dynamics to humanitarian consequences and views from Syrians who fled the war. Photo: Freedom House/Creative Commons/CC BY 2.0 The conflict in Syria, now in its sixth year, evolved from a revolutionary uprising against the Assad regime in March 2011, to a country-wide insurgency, pitting regime loyalists against fragmented opposition groups and jihadist militants. In parallel to the escalation of conflict within Syria, external actors have been drawn in – including neighbouring countries and regional powers. We have also seen the return of Great Power politics – with Russia propping up the Syrian regime through its bombing campaign, while the West’s approach of arming the moderate opposition has failed. The conflict has precipitated one of the largest and most complex humanitarian disasters since the Second World War. Over 400 000 people have been killed and more than half of the population has been displaced – 6.6 million in Syria and 4.8 million in neighbouring countries. 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.9 million people who are trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. The situation has tested the boundaries of conventional humanitarian action, and revealed some uncomfortable realities about helping civilians in conflict. This NUPI seminar will look at the Syrian conflict from different angles and perspectives – from geopolitical dynamics to humanitarian consequences and views from Syrians who fled the war. What has been the strategy of Russia and the ‘West’ in Syria? What have been the political challenges of negotiating humanitarian access and protecting civilians? How do Syrians look back on the revolution and consider prospects for peace in the country?
  09 Jan 2017   2h32m31s 4 876 0

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Open Earth observation data for DRR
Description: People come together during times of disaster. The same is also true for policy makers, technologists and civil protection agencies who are collaborating to plan and prepare for disasters, to ensure resilience. This talk aims to highlight the role of community expertise and the open Earth Observation data resources available for disaster risk reduction.
  26 May 2017   7m16s 2 14 0
Accelerating Efforts in Building Community Resilience to Disasters
Description: This working session identified key elements and devise a set of recommendations to build capacity in disaster risk reduction and strengthen resilience at the community level. The session will also share good practices and success stories of integration of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development at the community level.
  26 May 2017   1h34m40s 1 16 0
Disaster and business in the Pacific
Description: How do businesses prepare for disaster and what tools do they need to ensure they are best prepared and able to recover? The Pacific region is highly vulnerable to these hazards so what is business doing to support disaster resilience across Pacific Island Countries and across the region. The private sector and the Pacific Community (SPC) in the region has been leading on a disaster resilience toolkit to support Business Continuity Planning and reduce the impact of hazards on the private sector. See how this could be used for your region and how the Pacific is leading in this space.
  26 May 2017   14m25s 1 20 0
National and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies Pave the Way for Action by All
Description: Sendai Framework Target (e) calls for “substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020”. This plenary session focused on how to achieve this ambitious target which requires the strong commitment and involvement of political leadership in every country and involvement of all stakeholders at all levels.
  26 May 2017   1h56m19s 2 37 0
Challenges for People-Centred Early Warning Systems-Bridging Culture, Education and Citizen Science
Description: This presentation, explored the barriers and bridges to promote people-centered early warning system in Brazil. It also shared experiences and lessons learned to promote a risk prevention network, involving diverse social actors through empowering principles, such as the ‘youth educates youth’ and ‘one generation learns from another’.
  26 May 2017   12m19s 1 20 0
Operation Resilience
Description: The presentation will introduce Operation Resilience, an innovative not-for-profit and award winning start up, in its ignition stage. The project seeks to match demand and supply of goods and services by cloud sourcing existing platforms during disaster response.
  26 May 2017   10m24s 1 14 0
HoloDisaster: Holographic disaster simulations
Description: Holodisaster is a research project that develops holographic disaster simulations mixed with reality, which can be viewed using the Microsoft HoloLens technology. Application areas include hologram modeling of various hazards, emergency response equipment to simulated disaster scenarios, education and training of emergency managers and personnel.
  26 May 2017   10m26s 2 16 0
New open data for monitoring the Sendai targets
Description: This presentation demonstrated how to use the new open and freely available global exposure data to support cross-comparison and standardization activities for data-rich countries, and gap filling and competence building activities in data-poor countries. The new data can be used to communicating to the wider scientific community and global, national and local risk practitioners.
  25 May 2017   11m10s 1 12 0
Empowering Disaster Governance: Grassroots women-led partnerships to localize Sendai Framework DRR
Description: The Huairou Commission showcased the experiences of grassroots women living in disaster prone and poor communities in using the SFDRR as an empowering tool to accelerate resilience at the local level, in rural and urban settings. The women themselves talked about their lived experiences and shared with their audiences how different stakeholders can provide support.
  25 May 2017   14m48s 1 8 0
Participatory numbers for disaster risk reduction
Description: The top-down, technocratic approach to community engagement is a common sight in development initiatives across the world. While these approaches are useful in its ability to generate objective, quantifiable information, it can come at the expense of the local voice. Genuine participation in development seeks to include this local voice – the perspectives, priorities, and concerns of the local people – into wider initiatives and projects that affect them. However, participatory approaches in general tend to generate qualitative information. The preference for measurable, scientific information runs deep among development professionals and researchers alike. As such, the (qualitative) insights gained from participatory engagement is often side-lined in lieu of more ‘valid’ and ‘hard’ forms of data. Such scientific information is not as easily accessible to people. This acts as a barrier for a dialogue between development stakeholders. A solution would work to appropriately cater to the requirements of all stakeholders in an initiative, local and external alike. Participatory numbers are one such approach. It is a participatory approach that generates quantifiable indicators. These indicators are produced by the local people. Further, as they are numbers-based information, they carry the weight of scientific validity and objectivity. This thesis explores participatory numbers in the specific sub-field of development known as disaster risk reduction (DRR). It aims to understand the usage and benefits of participatory numbers in DRR through unpacking the three principles of participation: the participants, the process, and the power. Through understanding how these principles work in the participatory numbers process, an insight into its outcomes and benefits can be gained.
  25 May 2017   10m49s 1 22 0
Building the resilience of small-scale fisheries in the Caribbean
Description: Currently preparing for launch, the Caribbean Ocean and Aquaculture Sustainability Facility (COAST) proposed to promote the resilience of the small-scale fisheries sector in the Caribbean against increasing climate-change related natural disasters. The objective is to create a platform for innovative insurance financing that not only helps manage and prepare for severe weather events that impact fisheries, but also incentivizes small-island governments to support climate resilience initiatives such as coastal management and reef restoration.
  25 May 2017   11m41s 1 15 0
Developing Health-DRR Research Partnerships for Implementation Sendai Framework
Description: This presentation used a talk-show format to show how collaborative and multi-sectoral groups can support the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the health-DRR-evidence nexus. It emphasised the importance of health in DRR, as well as the need to build scientific capacity and to engage all stakeholders.
  25 May 2017   12m49s 1 15 0