The SEADPRI Forum 2021 focus on Risk Science for Resilient Cities – From Concept to Action is conveyed by IRDR ICoE-SEADPRI-UKM, UNDRR Asia Pacific Science Technology Academia Advisory Group (AP-STAAG), and Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology (ANCST) with support from U-INSPIRE Alliance, International Science Council – Regional Office for the Asia Pacific (ISC-ROAP), and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia @akademisainsmy.
- Promote understanding of risk science and the regional risk landscape in a changing climate
- Identify major challenges and research priorities for risk science of cities in the region
- Explore means for implementing actions, including drawing on the energy of youth and young professionals
The overall purpose of the 2021 Conference is to reach a renewed consensus on the mission of STEI and put forward a novel proposal on the Global Research Agenda for disaster risk reduction and risk-informed development toward 2030 and beyond.
Our Previous U-INSPIRE Indonesia Lead and Current U-INSPIRE Alliance Secretary-General, Dr. N. Rahma Hanifa is attending to give a perspective from young people in the U-INSPIRE Alliance. Some of her noteworthy perspectives and comments are;
The lesson learned from 10 years IRDR has highlighted that the intensive amount of scientific research and progress achieved in DRR over the past decade must be balanced with more effective collaboration in bridging between science, policy, and practice, between knowledge producers and potential knowledge users.
This indicates the crucial need for capacity building for the next generation of youth and young professionals (YYP) to be able to bridge the gap of scientific research into action and policy in the next 10 years ahead, and a need to deepen research and knowledge on the complex dimension of risk science, global risk landscape, disaster science, disaster technology & disaster governance to support sustainable development.
YYP within the U-INSPIRE network have shown their motivation and determination in contributing to DRR and Climate Change using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Innovation for example:
- in more effective research and analyzing data and information;
- risk communication;
- art, design, and development of innovative; low-cost technologies and tools;
- applying Science and Technology advancement for local actions that directly contribute to the community and supporting evidence-based policy making and advocacy based on data.
U-INSPIRE Alliance is a network of Youth and Young Professionals in Asia and the Pacific working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Innovation to support disaster and climate resilience. We are part of the 2.9 billion young people between the age of 15 to 39 years, which means 38% of the global population today. One could imagine the immense potentials of the acceleration processes, and how powerful it could significantly move changes if given space and opportunities.
Disaster often requires rapid response and adaptation of modern technology, which is also sensitive to different local and social contexts. In the case of developing countries where adaptation of new technologies is difficult, we as young people embody the much-needed abilities to bridge the gap between new and conventional techniques, such as the Internet of Things and Information Technology that are led by indigenous communities and partnering with the young and eager minds.
YYPs are often innovators in the use of ICTs. YYPs in the local community can contribute to the data collection and information sharing through citizen science, which includes a collection of volunteered geographic information, utilization of mobile networks and apps, and taking street-level imagery. data availability and information sharing in risk science are crucial. YYP can help to bridge the gap between the community and policymakers by acting as a “conduit” in this initiative. U-INSPIRE national chapters already showed their capacity to mobilize YYPs to conduct data collection through the UAV mappings. This allows YYPs at every corner to take part in building the resilience of cities.
Four key recommendations from the young people for the novel proposal on the Global Agenda for DRR and Risk-informed development issues- locally and globally:
- Encouraging youth and young professionals, and providing institutional space for them, to be involved in the decision-making process by having young representatives with adequate responsibilities in UN bodies, national, regional, and international bodies.
- The need for greater space for connection, promoting dialogue, networking, and young people transdisciplinary collaboration to work together in the region. These collaborations empower Young People roles in and undertaking transboundary issues, promoting dialogues, and bridging information gaps from global to local, and local to global.
- Capacity building for Young People by extending scholarships and research funding to pursue higher education, research, and community engagement programs.
- Seed-funding to nurture innovation in resilience-building-oriented businesses and promote social and science-entrepreneurship. Providing the opportunity for scaling up businesses and enterprise for youth social innovators/entrepreneurs (opportunity for marketing the innovation?), and mobilizing DRR social entrepreneurship in the region by promoting partnerships and creating appropriate conditions for scaling up.
In thinking about the future of risks, one of our upcoming activities is focusing on Futures Literacy and DRR. Together with UNESCO Jakarta, UNDRR, UNDP, and UNESCO Futures Literacy, We plan to engage YYPs and provide training in futures literacy, an essential skill for youths moving forward. As Prof Jenny mentioned, risks will always be there, and we need the skills to better anticipate and plan for them.
We deeply thank the acknowledgment to empower youth and young professionals engagement from the panelist of this forum. U-INSPIRE Alliance will continue its commitment to UN efforts, Developing close partnerships with other major groups within the UN processes, and empower engagement of Young People leadership in the new normal.