Empowering cities on disaster risk reduction training of trainees for the municipalities

06 Sep 2012


On Tuesday, 4th of September, and under the patronage of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, the opening ceremony of the Training of Trainers on the role of local governments in making cities more resilient to disasters was launched at the Grand Serail. This training was organized due to the continuous joint efforts of the United Nations Development Programme, the Prime Minister’s office and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction on the subject of disaster risk reduction.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Raymond Demlouj, representing the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Mr. Luca Randa, UNDP Country Director, Mr. Samir Daher, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Disaster Risk Reduction National Focal Point, and Ms. Luna Abu Swaireh, Regional Programme Officer at UNISDR-Regional Office for Arab States, in addition to more than 70 municipalities participating in the training.

247 municipalities in Lebanon joined the global campaign to make the cities more resilient to disasters "my city is getting ready" which is part of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

The 3 days training aims at establishing a common understanding among the participants on Disaster Risk Reduction issues and to build the capacity of local representatives and trainers on tools that will help municipalities to implement the Ten essentials for making cities resilient. It’s worth noting that the participants from the municipalities in this training have to prepare training activities to be implemented in their societies in different areas in Lebanon.

In his opening speech, Mr. Raymond Demlouj stressed on the importance to include the municipalities in the Disaster Risk Reduction training especially that Lebanon is prone to natural disasters and particularly earthquakes.

Mr. Samir Daher explained how poverty, development and disaster risk reduction are linked together and depend on each other. He added: “disasters are considered as the most devastating in developed countries, and this will lead to deficiencies in development policies”.

Following Mr. Daher, Mr. Luca Renda talked about the climate change which is pushing us more frequently towards extreme weather variations, and towards higher-intensity droughts, floods and hurricanes. “If we do not act today to reduce the effects of natural disasters, their global cost may well exceed $300 billion, each year, by 2050”.

In the last three years, “Making Resilient Cities – My City is Getting Ready” campaign increased awareness in disaster risk reduction. Legislations have been reviewed, institutional mechanisms were revisited and being enhanced, resources are made available for public awareness and capacity-building programmes and engagement of the media and the public sector on disaster risk reduction issues have increased.

Lebanon was one of the countries which attended and assisted in developing the Hyogo Framework for Action. It included empowering local societies and authorities on disaster risk reduction management and facilitating their access to information, resources and the power to implement actions for disaster risk reduction.