Call for interest- Participation in the Regional Workshop on Strengthening, Empowering, and Mobilizing Youth and Young Professionals in Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific, Indonesia, 1 – 4 November 2018
UNESCO Office Jakarta, as the Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, jointly with the International Center for Integrated Advance Research of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (ICIAR LIPI), U-INSPIRE, with support from UNISDR are organizing the Asia and the Pacific Regional Workshop on Strengthening, Empowering, and Mobilizing Youth and Young Professionals in SETI for DRR in Indonesia, on 1 - 4 November 2018.

The Sendai Framework for Action (SFDRR) 2015-2030, adopted at the UN Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai, Japan in March 2015, iterated that youth are agents of change and should be given the space and modalities to contribute to disaster risk reduction (DRR), based on legislation, national practice and educational curricula.

In January 2016, the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) coordinated the launch of the Young Scientist Platform on DRR at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference in Geneva. The Young Scientists Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction has been set up to provide a space for young people from different scientific fields and regions to connect with their colleagues, to widen their knowledge, initiate joint actions and to share their expertise. This platform seeks to help narrow the gap between disaster risk reduction-related science and policy. Furthermore, it aims to promote capacity building, through mentoring programs, as well as providing opportunities for young people to show case their research and valuable contributions to reducing risk. Since then, youth and young scientist have been engaging in many global events, including the Global Platform on DRR 2017, Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (STI forum) and various important regional engagement on DRR. The platform is also represented in the International Strategy on Disaster Risk (ISDR) global and regional Science and Technology Advisory Groups (STAGs).

The objectives of this workshop are to:
1. Build understanding among youth and young professionals on:
a. Their role in science, engineering, technology and innovation for disaster risk and reduction;
b. Roadmap for the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
c. Integrated and/or multidisciplinary approach in science, engineering, technology and innovation for disaster risk
and reduction;
d. The importance of Science Communication in Disaster Risk Reduction
2. Develop joint activities, projects, and programs to:
a. Support the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at the National and Regional level;
b. Support joint research to accelerate the implementation of SFDRR in the region
3. Share lessons learned U-INSPIRE Indonesia and to Discuss on model of U-INSPIRE and encourage/ initiate U-INSPIRE as national youth and young professionals in SETI for DRR platform in the Asia and the Pacific region.
4. Develop concept and ideas for session/ side meeting at the DRR Global Forum in 2019 in Geneva on Youth and Young Professionals in SETI for DRR.

The expected results are:
• To enable a better understanding on the role and opportunities of youth and young professionals in
SETI for DRR
• To integrated multidisciplinary research initiatives in SETI for DRR at national and/ or regional levels.
• Joint activity and program initiative to support the Implementation of Sendai Framework for
Disaster Risk Reduction at national and/ or regional levels.
• Expansion of the U-INSPIRE initiative to other countries in the Asia and the Pacific
• Concept and ideas for session/ side meeting at the DRR Global Forum in 2019 in Geneva on Youth and Young Professionals in SETI for DRR, jointly organized with STAG UNISDR (Working Group on Capacity Development and Higher Education), UN MGCY and U-INSPIRE.

If you are interested to participate in the event please fill in the form below.

What are we looking for in you?
* Academic and/or practical experience on DRR. Experience at the community level is valued highly.
* Strong verbal and written communication skills.
* Experience facilitating other events and using innovative techniques.
* Commitment to develop preparatory materials before the event and post-event reporting.
* Willingness to stay engaged with the UN MGCY Young Scientists Platform on DRR
* Applicant from other regions with high qualification are welcome to apply, however preference will be given to applicant from Asia Pacific Regions, MENA and Latin America.

Participants from UN MGCY will be selected based on the quality of the applications. Preference for funding will be given to applicants under the age of 30 and from Asia Pacific region, MENA and Latin America. Eligible candidates need to be or become a registered member of the UN MGCY (see link below) to ensure continued engagement with the SPI-DRR after the event.

Applications will be accepted until the 15th of September 2018 and potential candidates will be informed shortly after. **Please note that by filling this call for interest form does not imply a secured slot for participation and funding


Link to register for UN MGCY DRR Working Group: https://goo.gl/01hvOS

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