ADPC and the UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) took the decision to enter into a partnership to increase their ongoing collaboration in several domains in which both entities have common strategic interests and tangible output.
By combining their experience and assets ADPC and UNOSAT are planning to launch a new series of capacity development initiatives which use training and knowledge transfer as a basis for larger national risk management projects. The first of such initiatives begins in March 2011 and will involve direct activities in one South-East Asia country. The next country activity will be initiated in 2011. F. Pisano, Manager of UNOSAT, said “we signed a MoU based on the belief that we can make a greater difference by working together. We have the financial and knowledge assets to invest in this new cooperation already lined up for the next three years so we count on seeing results very early in the process”.
The partnership focuses on strengthening national disaster risk management systems in the region by mobilizing methodologies and training resources focused on practical solutions, which is a view common to both ADPC and UNOSAT. A blend of training-of-trainers, collaborative training, and in-country capacity development is at foundations of the vision developed for the partnership by both institutions. UNOSAT is increasingly turning its attention to a number of high-performing non-profit players in the area of human security and disaster risk reduction. As Einar Bjorgo of UNOSAT says: “we share with these non-profit actors a certain vision of viewing results on the ground as the essential part of the work to be done; like us our partners want to use the opportunities given by high-level international agendas to produce change we can measure for populations at risk and people in need”.
For more information, please contact Dr.Peeranan Towashiraporn, Department Head of Disaster Risk Analysis & Monitoring (DRAM) at firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Mar 2011