Designed in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), this online course focuses on the role of disaster risk reduction in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Resilience to risks of various threats, including those related to climate change and economic shocks is crucial for eradicating extreme poverty and a key enabler of sustainable development overall. Disaster risk reduction is a crucial development strategy for ending extreme poverty. Among other areas, aiming for sustainable development means aiming for healthy, durable livelihoods, strengthening education, reducing poverty, building sustainable cities and protecting the environment, thus reducing people’s vulnerability towards disasters and working towards the 2030 Agenda’s aim of leaving no one behind.

A risk-informed, multi-dimensional approach to development programming is needed, which anticipates and reduces or avoids risks, including those that may arise from programming. Following an inclusive, all-of-society approach and supporting the do-no-harm-principle enshrined in the 2030 Agenda, can only be achieved if the multitude of stakeholders involved in development planning work together towards resilience by taking risk-informed decisions, and thus move from managing disasters, to managing risks.



By the end of this online course, participants will:

  • Have gained an understanding of the role of DRR in the broader context of Sustainable Development;
  • Be aware of the interrelations and inter-dependencies of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • Be able to describe avenues to ensure coherence and mutual reinforcement between the Sendai Framework, 2030 Agenda and other international development agreements;
  • Identify strategies to mainstream DRR, sustainable development and climate change action (CCA) into development policies and planning;
  • Be able to describe the interlinkages between 2030 Agenda and Sendai Framework results, targets and indicators, and consider them in DRR action-planning and development plans towards the development of disaster risk-informed strategies and plans.  

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

In contrast to the less collaborative format of traditional Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), UNSSC online courses combine tutored components with synchronous and asynchronous activities, comprising approximately two hours of knowledge acquisition, two hours of knowledge application to real-life and training scenarios, as well as group work and collaboration with peers. In addition to engaging in self-paced learning, participants in UNSSC online courses also benefit from live webinars with renowned experts on sustainable consumption and production, allowing real-time virtual interaction between the instructors and participants.

The instructor-led webinars for this course will take place every week between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm CET or 8.00 am – 10.00 am EST.  These live sessions are conducted on the WebEx platform with toll and toll-free numbers and/or ability to connect via the internet for the audio component; no special software is required.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Week 1: Understanding the role of DRR in the broader context of Sustainable Development, and the urgency to act;
  • Week 2: Interrelations and inter-dependencies of the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework as results frameworks;
  • Week 3: Entry-points for integration of DRR into development planning and the entry points for sustainable development into DRR action plans at national or local levels;
  • Week 4: Strategies for mainstreaming DRR, Sustainable Development and climate change action (CCA) into development policies and planning;
  • Week 5: Complementarity and harmonisation of SDGs and Sendai's results and indicators framework, and their implications for national reporting.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

The course primarily addresses development actors in different roles: UN staff, representatives from national governments, civil society, academia and the private sector.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee covers the following:

  • Unlimited access to course materials (video and key readings), recording of webinars and speakers’ presentations.
  • Participation in live webinars with renowned subject matter experts on sustainable development.
  • Exclusive access to UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.

Certificates of Participation will be awarded to participants subject to the completion of all modules and quizzes, successful submission of exercises and assignments, and full participation in all live online sessions and discussion forums for each topic covered in the course.

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