This is the website of the Grant for Global Sustainability (GGS) Project titled “Enhancement of Urban Disaster Resilience through Activities of Local Participatory Platform.”

Catastrophic natural disasters have been occurring frequently over the world in recent years, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Urban disaster risk is also on the rise due to rapid urban growth and vulnerable buildings and infrastructure. Hence, enhancement of urban resilience against natural disasters is one of the urgent and important global issues. This project is implemented in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Yangon, Myanmar, which are prone and vulnerable to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, aiming to enhance resilience of the cities against natural disasters through capacity buildings of the local stakeholders.

Based on the results of these pilot projects, a universal model for urban resilience enhancement is developed. Kathmandu tackles earthquake disasters, while Yangon tackles earthquake and cyclone disasters. The goals of the project are to contribute to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to attain effective and robust science-policy interfaces at local level, and to contribute to Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted by 2015 UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).

The project will be conducted from September 2015 to March 2018 for 2 years 7 months. The Grant for Global Sustainability is a new initiative of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, Japan, with financial support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.

The participating organizations in this GGS Project are the following:

  • Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), Kyoto University
  • Global Earthquake Model Foundation (GEM)
  • Myanmar Engineering Society (MES)
  • Yangon Technological University (YTU)
  • Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC)
  • National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET)
  • Center for Disaster Studies (CDS) of Tribhuvan University Institute of Engineering (IOE)
  • Karyabinayak Municipality
  • Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LSMC)

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