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“Innovative communities: leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable and resilient societies” - ECOSOC, 2018 Integration Segment, 21st plenary meeting
1 May 2018 -  Session 2: Technology and disaster risk reduction
This session will focus on how technology and innovation can be used as effective tools for disaster risk reduction and, in this context, advancing the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework. Natural hazards and extreme weather events and natural disasters, exacerbated by climate change, may cause substantial hardship to affected communities, hazardous and persistent effects in human health, consequential losses in biodiversity and economic activity, creating significant stress on countries’ institutional systems. Integrated strategies, leveraged by technology, will be required to reduce vulnerabilities and increase resilience of across economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental areas. The technology facilitation mechanism’s on-line platform adopted in the 2030 Agenda is one of the instruments that can also serve as a comprehensive mapping of, and a gateway for information on existing science, technology and innovation initiatives, mechanisms and programmes. The session will seek to exchange experiences and lessons learned in terms of the latest technology and innovations to reduce disaster risk, including through the technology facilitation mechanism and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Key questions to guide the discussion:
• What specific measures have been put in place by countries to reduce disaster risk, including through the technology facilitation mechanism and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030?
• What has been the experience of countries in using technology and innovation to strengthen resilience and inclusion in an integrated manner?
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