An-Najah Participates in the Training Program on DRR and Urban Resilience for Arab Cities
Prof. Jalal Al-Debik, Director of the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center at An-Najah National University, participated as a lecturer in a 2-day training on Disaster Risk Reduction and urban resilience for Arab Cities, in collaboration with the UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States, UCLG Learning, and Arab Towns Organization. The event which was held over two days from 1-2 November 2022 in Dibba Al-Fujairah, UAE, included the participation of 80 participants from several Arab cities.
The training aimed at increasing the awareness level of municipalities and local administrations on disaster risk reduction strategies, helping cities integrate disaster risk reduction and resilience building into development policies and strategies, and helping local administrations to realize their shortcomings in managing and reducing disaster risks at both the theoretical and practical levels.
It also aimed at providing city context and region-specific knowledge and tools on disaster risk reduction and urban resilience, expanding capacity building work in disaster risk reduction and resilience across the Middle East and West Asia, encouraging cities to participate in the Make Cities Resilient 2030 campaign, and following up with municipalities to help them build resilience strategies for their cities.
This training has been developed to support all relevant local and regional stakeholders involved in disaster risk reduction and resilience building in Arab cities, such as political leaders, technical staff from various municipal departments, and representatives of local administration associations.
Prof. Al-Debik talked about the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center’s recent activities and projects, referring to the University’s scientific centers and their latest accomplishments in general.