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Professor Jalal Dabeek, Director of the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Centre at An-Najah University and the Vice President of the National Agency for Disaster Risk Mitigation in Palestine has recently participated in the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction themed “Towards Disaster Risk Informed and Inclusive Sustainable Development".

The event took place from 9 to 13 October, 2018 in Tunis, Tunisia

Prof. Dabeek participated in several meetings and presented a number of research papers that tackled applied research activities related to disaster risk reduction taking An-Najah and its scientific centres as the case study.

The papers also shed light on infrastructure and disasters in countries under occupation and the obstacles caused by occupation and settlement regarding land use planning and sustainable development as well as expected future risks and losses.


The event was organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in collaboration with the League of Arab States and the African Union Commission and hosted by the government of Tunisia. The Platform comprised of the 7th Africa Regional Platform and 6th High-Level Meeting and the 4th Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Platform provided an opportunity for governments and all stakeholders to assess the progress and reaffirm commitment towards implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in the two regions. The platform also enabled stakeholders and partners to foster cooperation across the regions towards disaster risk informed and inclusive sustainable development; while enabling them to share knowledge, experiences and best practices in advancing disaster risk reduction.

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