The Five-day Training Workshop on Climate Change and Extreme Disasters Management
along the Belt and Road
Drew to a Successful Close
The five-day training “Workshop on Climate Change and Extreme Disasters Management along the Belt and Road” has concluded on 15 July. The Workshop was organized by WMO Regional Training Centre at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) and supported by Global South-South Development Center Project (GSSDC Project).
CICETE Deputy Director-General Zhang Yi virtually attended the opening ceremony and delivered an opening remark. He underscored that, CICETE has a longtime commitment to the international development cooperation and enhancing the sustainable development capacity has been one of its focal points. In partnership with UNDP, UNIDO and UNOSSC, CICETE has yielded fruitful results in pragmatic cooperation under the framework of South-South Cooperation, which have made significant contribution in addressing China’s own unbalanced and insufficient development, while actively integrating South-South cooperation resources, strengthening public-private partnerships and promoting economic and technical cooperation between China and other developing countries.
Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director of UNOSSC, Prof. Jiang Zhihong, Vice-President of NUIST, Prof. Han Qunli, Executive Director, International Programme Office, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk sponsored by the International Science Council and Dr. Ali Shaukat, Climate Scientist, Ministry of Climate Change of Pakistan delivered the opening remarks respectively.
Speakers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, NUIST, World Meteorological Organization, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk sponsored by the International Science Council, International Center on Small Hydro Power, Center for Earth System Science of Tsinghua University, United Nations Environment Programme China, University of Burundi and Fiji Meteorological Service exchanged knowledge, technologies, and shared their insights on solutions and pathways to further deepen South-South cooperation in addressing climate change and disaster management issues, enhance mutual understanding and support mutual learning. The five-day training touched upon various topics, such as the Mountain Hazards and Resilient Mitigation, IPCC AR26: Scientific Basis of Climate Change, Towards an International Multi-hazards Early Warning System, Pathway to Sustainable Development in Post-pandemic Era: Nature- and Eco-based Disaster Risk Reduction, Policies and Actions to Mitigate, Address and Tackle Climate Change in Africa and South Pacific Region, etc. Over 250 officials, policymakers, researchers and practitioners from 53 developing countries participated actively at the workshop.
The webinar series is an innovative response of the GSSDC Project to COVID-19, aiming to synergize partners’ capacities and capabilities for effective collaboration and enhance knowledge exchange and cooperation via on-line brainstorming. The webinars focused on the common concerns to expand ways of thinking and promote awareness-building and experience-sharing in terms of South-South cooperation and international development cooperation.