Innovation Work: Emergency Kit Workshop

Although the world did not end in 2012, dark times followed in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. Pain and destruction caused by the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 still linger today. Tyhoon Haiyan left more than 10 million people homeless; survivors fought and panicked over shortages in food, drinking water, and medicine. In the summer of this year, floods also swept the northeast of China, cutting through Sichuan province, Guangdong province, and Guangxi province. They flattened homes, bringing with them landslides and other secondary disasters. Disasters do not only affect areas designated ‘vulnerable’ – vastly developed, urban areas are often just as hard hit. Thankfully, we are not entirely helpless in the face of disaster. By making preparations in advance, we can minimize loss. Remember Li Yonggang, who prepared five “doomsday bags” when the Ya’an Earthquake hit? After living though the Wenchuan Earthquake, Li Yonggang did not even take any water from the rescuers but directly drove to the disaster area to help other victims. He had with him his “doomsday” emergency kits. In fact, with various kinds of emergency kits, we may have the capacity to control our losses in disaster. According to research conducted by the e-commerce industry, in the few days after the Ya’an Earthquake took place in 2013, sales of emergency kits rose by 180% on Taobao.

The United Nations Development Programme will build a platform for disaster management experts and enthusiastic youth to discuss emergency kits together through: introducing the significance of disaster management and emergency kits through interactive discussion; creating a lively atmosphere to encourage youth to share ideas on promoting, implementing, and maintaining emergency kits; promoting disaster prevention and risk reduction though social media; and gathering ideas from the public. Together, we can make emergency kits our portable, efficient “Noah’s Arks.”

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Time & Location




United Nations Development Programme Innovation Lab - Emergency Kit Workshop

December 16 (Monday), 2013 15:30- 18:00

Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor, Beijing Normal University Ying Tung Institute Hall



UNDP is committed to promoting sustainable human development, assisting countries to improve country’s resilience and to help people build a better life. As the UN's global development network, UNDP leverages its global development experience to support China 's solutions to development challenges, and to assist in China’s efforts in South-South cooperation. The key areas of UNDP’s work in China are: poverty reduction, good governance, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment. On global issues and South-South cooperation, UNDP's priority areas of work are: strengthening trilateral cooperation between UNDP, China and third-party country; experience sharing on foreign aid system; dealing with global and regional issues; improving private sector involvement ; sharing development experiences and achievements through South-South dialogue.

420 Social Response Seminar Series:

"420 Social Response Seminar Series" was jointly set up by Beijing Normal University School of Social Development and Public Policy and the Narada Foundation after the April 20 Lushan earthquake to discuss disaster mitigation issues.

For the purpose of scientific disaster relief in Lushan Earthquake, the project draws on the experiences of Wenchuan earthquake, and organized about ten seminars inviting various experts from academia, major foundations, and local NGOs to discuss the information-sharing mechanisms, public funds management, and volunteer service and management issues in disaster management.

The seminar hope to provide policy recommendations and action plans for Ya’an post-disaster recovery, through in-depth discussions and analysis of the challenges and problems faced by social organizations at different stages in emergency rescue, relocation, and disaster recovery during Lushan earthquake. At the same, they aim to explore new approaches and gain experience in capacity building for cross-sectoral cooperation in big disaster management. Through a series of roundtable discussions, they can also promote the establishment of Chinese social organizations Learning Network.

Youthink Center

Youthink Center started their work in 2009, determined to design projects for youth participation and academic programs to promote innovation and build a youth-oriented think tank for educating and supporting excellent young people. Initiated by the youth team, the center is designed to serve youth and youth organizations. Their projects have been praised by many leaders from the political, business and public sectors, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It is one the most active youth organizations in China which actively participate in the United Nations agenda.

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