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Resilience and Sustainability: UNDP Approach

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Environmental Systems Laboratory cordially invites you to the next talk in

Open Lecture Series on Disaster Management by

Armen Grigoryan

Team Leader, Istanbul Regional Hub, UNDP

Resilience and Sustainability

UNDP Approach


NADOR 15, ROOM 103

2015 marked a new era in development by adopting three key development frameworks: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The three global frameworks lay out the way for the future development work for another 15 years. The decade of 2020-2030 is announced by the UN Secretary General as the decade of ambition to achieve SDGs in closely aligning this work with global efforts to address the irreversible impacts of climate change and strengthening resilience against disasters and extreme weather events.

The argument here is that creating sustainable future means creating resilient future, and at the same time ensuring that development gains are resilient to impacts of disasters and extreme weather events makes them more sustainable. Therefore, sustainability and resilience are mutually reinforcing and need to be addressed in integrity.

1. Sendai Framework (4 priority areas), UN Action Plan and SDG

  • For the first time SFDRR coincides chronologically with SDGs and is well reflected in the SDGs as an important component supporting achievement of SDGs. At the same time, inaction on priorities for DRR will put back hard earned achievements of development.
  • Primary responsibility for implementation of Sendai stays with the National Governments. The UN system and UNDP are ready to support the national partners in efforts to prioritize SFDRR.
  • United Nations Action plan on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience serves as a basis for coordinated support by the United Nations Agencies to the national counterpart’s in achieving disaster resilience.

Four priority areas of SFDRR:

  • Understanding disaster risk;
  • Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk;
  • Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience;
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

2. Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

  • The Sendai Framework relates to resilience by providing a global blueprint for managing disaster risks.
  • The Sendai Framework also specifically recognizes the important role that local governments play in the international DRR efforts and has prescribed strengthened disaster risk governance, all of society engagement, coordination and a series of other priority actions that local governments need to undertake within the course of next fifteen years.

3. A coherent approach to implementation of Sendai Framework, SDGs and Paris Agreement on Climate Change

  • The importance of disaster risk reduction at the core of the sustainable development and climate change agendas is now well-recognized and we need to promote coherence in local level implementation of the post-2015 international agreements (i.e. the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Sustainable Development Goals –SDGs, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change).


Mr. Grigoryan is a Regional Cluster Leader - Climate Change/Disaster Resilience and Global Energy Policy Advisor for Europe and CIS region in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. In this role, he oversees work on DRR, CC/A, Energy and Crisis Response, as well as risk integration and resilience. Mr. Grigoryan comes with over 20 years of experience in UN system on DRR at country, regional and global levels. He has extensive work experience in working on DRR and Climate issues from previous assignments in UNDP (BCPR). His technical focus has been on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change (Adaptation and Mitigation), Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, Energy, Humanitarian-Development nexus, Disaster Assessments - PDNA, sectoral DRR/CC such as Conflict and Disaster Interface, and Mine Action.

All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend!

Systems Laboratory and Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy organize a series of open lectures on Disaster Management and Risk Reduction at CEU. The lectures are conducted by practitioners from relevant organizations worldwide: UN agencies, national ministries, international NGOs, etc. Find out more about the Open Lecture Series on Disaster Management and make sure to register to show your interest in attending the talk.