Youth Economic Opportunities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & Climate Adaptation

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 6:30pm

Centre for Social Innovation Annex, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

"Youth Economic Opportunities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & Climate Adaptation" will take place as an official side event of the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas held by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Montreal, Canada, March 7-9. Other official side events will take place across the country.

The Platform brings together key players from North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean, involved in disaster risk reduction and resilience building. Hosted by the Government of Canada in cooperation with UNISDR, the Regional Platform will mark the first opportunity for governments and stakeholders of the Americas to discuss how governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, private sector, and media can drive the implementation of the UN’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas. More than 1,000 delegates are expected, including policy makers, practitioners, experts and disaster risk managers.

According to UNISDR, "action that addresses the interlinked challenges of disaster risk, sustainable development and climate change is a core priority given that 90% of recorded major disasters caused by natural hazards from 1995 to 2015 were linked to climate and weather including floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts."

Sponsored by RSA Canada, and organized by York University and CLARION (Community-Led Action to Resilience in our Neighbourhoods), the "Youth Economic Opportunities in DRR & Climate Adaptation" side event will bring together stakeholders in Toronto to explore how emergency preparedness, response, and recovery at the community level can foster economic opportunities for youth in the green economy.

This event takes place in two parts. Attendees may register for Part One, Part Two, or Both.

Agenda: Part One (Optional)

  • 12:45: Registration

  • 1:00pm –1:30pm: Welcome and introductions

  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Interactive game

  • 3:00pm – 3:10pm: Refreshment Break

  • 3:10pm –4:00pm: Recommendations and close of Part One

Agenda: Part Two (Optional)

  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm: Refreshment Break and/or Registration for New Arrivals

  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm: Panel discussion and networking reception

  • 6:30pm: Event close

For more information on the UNISDR Public Forum of events, please visit