Resilience in the Private Sector: Amplifying the Sustainable Development

Sep 23

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Webinar Series 02

COVID-19 has brought much of the world at a standstill by enforcing extended lockdown and physical distancing. The ‘business as usual’ concept requires innovative thinking to sustain itself. We must analyze new modes of working and living with the pandemic. With this consideration, our South-South Learning Facility of Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP)  takes on the online modality to connect and gather insights on how disaster risk management is progressing in the time of COVID-19.

The APP of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is organizing a series of webinars to promote dialogue with our partners, leaders, experts, and practitioners in the field. The series will explore shared challenges and learning around various themes confronted by countries alike during COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the dynamics and unpredictability of the environment wherein businesses operate. There is also a growing recognition of the important role businesses can play in tackling emerging issues related to complex emergencies arising from natural and human-made disasters. “Resilience” is more than ever important for businesses in responding to and recovering from the current COVID -19 pandemic. However, resilience is not easily understood and is interpreted in different ways. Therefore, it is not evenly integrated into business operations. The second webinar of the ADPC webinar series will explore how resilience can be an inherent aspect of any business in view of addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and other disasters on businesses in order to amplify the growth and achievement of sustainable development Goals (SDGs). This webinar is organized by the Regional Technical Working Group on ‘Advancing the Private Sector Engagement in Disaster Risk Management’ established under the APP and the iPrepare Business Facility of ADPC. The webinar aims to offer insights on how to turn current challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters into emerging opportunities to create more resilient businesses and society, keeping in mind the SDG targets to be achieved in 2030. The webinar will highlight experiences from various partners represented by the government, the private sector, academia, and philanthropic foundations.

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