UNDP China Risk & Resilience Innovation Project Launched in Beijing

Nov 7, 2016

Unveiling ceremony for the China Risk & Resilience Innovation Project

On the afternoon of October 27 2016, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and China Risk & Resilience Innovation Project Launch and R+Lab Establishing Ceremony was successfully held in Beijing Normal University.

UNDP China Risk & Resilience Innovation Project is an essential innovation project co-sponsored by UNDP China, China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE) under Ministry of Commerce, and Beijing Normal University along with Shenzhen One Foundation, Save the Children, Narada Foundation, amongst others.

The Project will improve the communication and interaction in information, technology and public resources of China’s risk governance and resilience building, through the establishment of an educational base, an innovation laboratory named R+Lab, and a multi-sectorial cooperation network.

The Project will extensively unite the resources of policy decision-makers, academic institutions, private sectors, social organizations, communities, and other sectors, promoting innovation and collaboration in order to achieve the ultimate goal of resilience building and sustainable development. Furthermore, it will promote the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030, adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will also encourage cooperation between China and the countries along the “One Belt and One Road” in relevant areas.

During the opening ceremony, Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director of UNDP China, addressed utilizing social innovation to promote risk management and social development, especially utilizing social media to improve the public risk awareness.

“The formulation of the project is taking place at the right time – when innovation and engagement of civil society forces are in great need in the field of disaster management in China. Among many lessons learned from recent experiences in engaging civil society in disaster relief related work, clearly there is a common understanding that a cooperation mechanism with participation of civil society organizations is required to reach the maximized results from the multi-stakeholders’ cooperation in the area of disaster relief, reduction and prevention,” said Mr. Haverman.

During the event, delegates of cooperating organizations also delivered remarks, including Mr. Li Hong, Deputy Secretary-General of One Foundation, Ms. Zhang Hongxia, COO of Save the Children, and Mr. Fend Yuan, officer from Narada Foundation. They all expressed their willingness to share their efforts to promote the long-term effective development of the Project and China's risk governance work.

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Patrick Haverman,Deputy Country Director of UNDP China, shares his thoughts on the importance of social innovation to promote risk management
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Participants of the China Risk & Resilience Innovation Project and R+Lab Launch

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