During April 17th to 18th, 2018 Asian Science and Technology Conference Disaster Risk Reduction (ASTCDRR 2018) organized by China National Commission for Disaster Reduction, Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing Normal University and United National Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), was held at Xinhai Jinjiang Hotel, Beijing. About three hundred (300) representatives from organizations of United Nations, Europe, America and Asia, including experts, policy-makers and entrepreneurs in the field of disaster risk reduction and emergency management, were in attendance of this conference. Eighteen (18) participants of the Centre were invited to attend.
2018 Asian Science and Technology Conference Disaster Risk Reduction (ASTCDRR 2018) mainly reviewed the progress on the outcome of the 1st conference as well as tried to accelerate the implementation of the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030”. This conference consisted of an Opening Ceremony, six (6) Thematic Session, a Warp-up and a Closing Ceremony. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Vice Minister, Ministry of Emergency Management of China, Administrator of China Earthquake Administration, delivered an opening speech. He mentioned that, Chinese Government always attached great importance to disaster reduction, and the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030” raised in the 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference Disaster Risk Reduction offered new measures and ideas for the work in this field. Chinese Government would take advantage of ASTCDRR 2018 to strengthen communication and cooperation in disaster reduction among Asian countries, and promote the development of applying science and technology in disaster reduction in Asia and in the world to better benefit all humankind. Main content of Thematic Sessions included progress on science and technology roadmap for disaster risk reduction in Asia, progress on understanding risk in Asia, progress on strengthening disaster risk governance in Asia, progress on investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience in Asia, progress on enhancing preparedness for response & recovery, and regional collaboration on applications of science and technology in preventing future risk. In the wrap up session, rapporteurs made summaries of each Thematic Session, and discussed on the outcome documents with all participants of the conference.
Participants of the Centre in attendance were grateful for this massive opportunity the Centre offered to them. They said that, this conference gave them a deep understanding on government policies, latest researches, and other attempts by related enterprise in the field of disaster risk reduction. This conference not only made them be aware of the global situation in disaster reduction, but also encouraged them to devote in the field of disaster reduction with their professional knowledge in space science and technology.