Communication and Awareness

Communication and Awareness(903)
Information and knowledge can be powerful vehicle in connecting science and policy, raising awareness, and mainstreaming adaptation through effective communication means.
08 September 2015

You are warmly invited to attend a Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) public event with the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group:

Thursday 17th September 2015, 10:00am – 12:00pm UK time (GMT+1)
with global livestreaming from 10:30 – 11:30am

ODI Offices, 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 2NJ, United Kingdom

Register for the event here today.

Climate information was once the domain of modellers and scientists. Nowadays, as the world wakes up to the extent to which our lives, jobs and environment will be affected by climate change, everyone is becoming a climate decision-maker in some way.

From government policy-makers and industry chiefs to everyday consumers and voters, information is going to be needed to make the right decisions on how to address climate change. Where will it come from and how will people make sense of the growing ocean of climate information being produced every year? This is where knowledge brokers fit in, bridging the gap between producers and users of information and tailoring it so it is relevant and useable.

The Climate Knowledge Brokers Group consists of more than 100 international agencies and programmes providing climate information. At this event, it will launch a ‘Manifesto’ to call for joined-up action to meet the massive climate knowledge challenges ahead – and especially after nations meet in Paris in December to hammer out a new global climate deal. The ‘Manifesto’ will set out seven key principles for how climate knowledge brokers can have greater impact through collaboration and the use of open data. The CKB Group is calling for adoption of these principles – to turn knowledge into action.


Geoff Barnard, Knowledge Management Strategy Advisor, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)


Florian Bauer, COO & Director of “Open Knowledge”, REEEP

Vicky Pope, Head of Integration and Growth, Met Office

Roger Street, Director of Adaptation Science, UKCIP

Clare Stott, Co-founder of Gobeshona, Bangladesh

Fatema Rajabali, Climate Change Convenor, Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Commentary from Ishbel Matheson, ODI; Martin Hiller, REEEP and Sam Bickersteth, CDKN.


10.00 – 10.30am  Registration, coffee and pastries

10.30 – 11.30am  Panel discussion and global livestream for international audience

  • Welcome
  • Introductions
  • Presentation of CKB Group and Manifesto
  • Commentators
  • Q&A and discussion

11.30am – 12.00pm  Networking

Register your attendance in person or to watch live-streamed online here.

London, UK and online
04 August 2015

“There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst.”Stephen KingDifferent Seasons

Disaster preparedness – what do you need to know? Are you ready? Disasters concern all of us, in terms of people impacted and economic losses accounted. The number, scale and costs of disasters are increasing, mainly as a consequence of growing population, environmental degradation, unplanned settlements, expanding and aging infrastructure, growing assets at risk and more complex societies. The Syrian refugees’ crisis, recent earthquakes like in Nepal and terrorist attacks have shown the need for establishing feasible mechanisms, such as response protocols or facilities.

When disaster strikes, your organization looks to you for a response. At this seminar you will learn about crisis management competencies that you need to have to carry out your responsibilities calmly, professionally and effectively when a crisis hits.


CEOs of Corporate companies, Telecom Companies, Heads of Missions, Embassies and Consulates, Ministers and staff of all Government Ministries, Heads of Armed Forces, CEOs of Hospitals, Country Representatives and heads of INGOs, NGOs, Donor Organisations, Foundations, Charities

Seminar Programme

  • Introduction to the World of Crisis
  • Some recent disasters, like Nepal Earthquake, terrorist/cyber attacks
  • Key Terms and Concepts: Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability, Crisis, Disaster, Resilience
  • Disaster Relief Organizations: Multilateral (UN, World Bank, etc), Bilateral and Non Governmental (Red Cross/IFRC, Oxfam International and others)
  • Disaster Management: Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Global Disaster Trends and Impacts
  • Relationship of Vulnerability, Capacity, and Resilience
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Response Coordination
  • Effective Resilience-Centered Public-Private Partnership
  • Cities and Crisis
  • Risk and Resilience in the Context of Cities
  • Climate Change, Rapid Growth, Poor Management
  • Emergency Planning for City Residents
  • UNISDR´s Making Cities Resilient Campaign
  • Others Governments and NGO´s in Crisis
  • Crisis, Types of Crisis, and Stress Management
  • Role of Emergency Management Teams
  • Exercises, Training
  • Effective Internal Audit Management, Key Performance Indicators
  • Methods for Managing a Crisis
  • Managing Your Organization´s Reputation
  • Crisis Communications
  • Social Media
  • Crisis Media Plan

Workshop Programme:

  • Definitions and basic concepts
  • Disaster risk assessment
  • Steps of community based disaster risk management (CBDRM)
  • Participatory tools used for data and information collection on hazards, vulnerabilities, capacity analysis (HVCA)
  • Analysis of data and information
  • Formulating a DRR plan
  • DRR monitoring and evaluation
  • Stakeholder analysis and coordination with relevant organizations for DRR

Event Details:

  1. Language: English
  2. Dates:16 - 19 Novemeber 2015
  3. Course fee: $ 1300
  4. Country: Dubai, U.A.E
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

About the speaker - Dr. Peter Rehwinkel

Dr. Peter Rehwinkel is one of the world's most sought after International Disaster and Crisis Management Experts. He is a former MP/Senator/Mayor, has headed several national and international delegations on disaster response and recovery and was involved with the World Bank, UN-agencies like UNOCHA, UNISDR, UNDP and UN-Habitat, USAID, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the European Commission. He recently started International Disaster and Crisis Management. IDCM has its base in Barcelona, the international hub of disaster and crisis management, and Amsterdam. Barcelona hosts the City Resilience Programme by UN-Habitat.

Author of New Book ´Manage Your Next CRISIS! A Must for Cities and Industries´: available here now:


Contact & Registration:

Mr. Yaseen Ariff
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Rose Rayhaan by Rotana Hotel – Dubai, U.A.E
14 November 2014

The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum (SSCCC Forum) will take place in the interval of COP20 of UNFCCC in Lima, Peru, on December 8. The Forum will bring together 10 ministers from Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean, principals of UN agencies, UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC, UNCCD, GEF and IPCC, senior representatives of development agencies and international organizations, leaders of science and business communities, as well as practitioners from around the world.

The SSCCC Forum aims to contribute to a successful post 2015 climate agreement by promoting South-South Cooperation as an integral part of global action against climate change. The Forum is a unique opportunity for participants to engage in the ongoing climate talks and provide recommendations on a number innovative actions, policy setting, financing and institutional development to enable rapid scaling up South-South Cooperation initiatives. The day event will feature an Opening Ceremony and Ministerial Dialogue followed by high-level panels in plenary.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, UNEP, UNDP, and supported by SDC, WWF-China, UNEP-Tongji-IESD, UNFCCC and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is being organized in partnership by the UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP), NDRC Climate Change Department and INTASAVE.

Registration is open to COP20 delegates, the media, and local science, policy and business communities in Peru.

Register now!

Marriott Hotel, Lima, Peru


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What are the aims of the platform?

The Adaptation Platform is helping countries in Asia adapt to the challenges of climate change at local, national and regional levels through a process of capacity building and strengthening. Broadly speaking, there are three general aims: to establish a regional system for sharing of knowledge on adaptation to climate change, to generate new knowledge about it, and to promote the application of new and existing knowledge about climate change in Asia.

Who will benefit from this programme?

It is expected that many people will benefit from this platform. The immediate beneficiaries are most likely to be civil servants, researchers and development workers who will be equipped with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to promote climate adaptation strategies in their work. Eventually, the beneficiary pool will be very wide as climate knowledge is applied for the public good in diverse areas of work.

How are governments in Asia involved in this programme?

Government agencies and individual civil servants are able to share experiences, access information and get in touch with counterparts working in comparable situations in other countries through the joint training, research and networking activities offered by the platform.

What happens at the end of the three-year programme?

This field is developing so rapidly that it is hard to predict with certainty what will happen at the end of three years. Furthermore, many countries in Asia are experiencing such dynamic economic and social changes that in turn have impacts on how climate change is being experienced and addressed. Apart from the immediate benefits generated during the three years of operation, the Adaptation Platform will contribute to a substantial repository of knowledge and experience that will continue to be used by governments and the private sector in the future. It is expected that there will be ongoing input to the platform from those who have gained considerable expertise in climate adaptation strategies through this round of programme activities.

Does the platform replicate work that is already being done by others?

No, it does not. While there are a number of networks and partnerships for action on climate change, what the platform offers is a unique space specifically devoted to learning about adaptation strategies as they are being undertaken. The platform is solution-focused, enabling professional and technical staff to meet, network and share information and experiences on common sets of challenges in this region.

I’m already undertaking research on adaptation to climate change in my university programme. What can the platform offer me?

The platform offers ‘still-warm’ findings from the field - the most current feedback from the people working at the frontline of change and adaptation. At the crossroads of the disciplines, there are no experts. Instead you will find people who are marking out the parameters of this new and rapidly expanding field of study, and who may be potential collaborators and mentors in the future.

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