United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section organized a two-day internal training on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience with the participation of its staff members. Adapting the learning module of UCLG to local context, the Department of Relations with International Organizations presented the training on 21-22 April 2021.

On the first day of the training, two lectures were held which were titled “Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building” and “The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Each lecture was followed by interactive exercises that aimed for participants to apply the knowledge they have acquired in a practical setting, thus consolidating their understanding of the concepts.

On the second day, the training continued with four other lectures titled “Disaster Risk & Resilience Governance,” “Assessing Risk and Resilience,” “”Financing for DRR and Resilience,” and “Local Resilience Strategies and Action Plans.” Following the trainings, interactive exercises including role-playing were introduced where participants got actively involved. Before and after the two-day training, where a representative from the UCLG Learning Team also joined, participants replied pre- and post-assessment surveys designed by UCLG-MEWA team to measure the change in their knowledge level. Based on the results that came out, it was observed that the knowledge level of the participants doubled following the training.

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