Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction

When: 16-18 May 2016 | Where: Ha Noi, Viet Nam
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Event type: Conferences, meetings, symposiums

Start date: 16 May 2016 | Start time: 00:00 UTC07:00
End date: 18 May 2016 | End time: 00:00 UTC07:00

Location: Sheraton Ha Noi Hotel, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Event description



 Registration | Documents & Presentations | Ha Noi Recommendations (Updated: 06 July 2016)

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in March 2015 with the key objective of preventing new risks, reducing existing risks and building resilience. The Sendai Framework further stresses the need to integrate gender perspectives in all policies and practices, as well to promote women’s leadership.

In light of the new framework on disaster risk reduction and changing contexts of the post-2015 development agenda, UN Women and Government of Viet Nam, in collaboration with UNISDR and UNDP, and with support from the Government of Japan is organizing a Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction to mark one year of the adaptation of the Sendai Framework. The aim of the regional conference is to provide a forum for Governments, the civil society, the academia and UN agencies and other development partners to discuss how gender equality and women’s participation can be integrated into targets, indicators and actions when developing implementation plans at regional, national and local levels.


The Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction aims to identify key practical measures and actions for substantive integration of gender equality and women’s participation in disaster risk reduction, taking into account the differential impacts and abilities of different gender groups.

Conference Objectives

  1. Identify key measures for enhancing gender equality and promoting women’s participation in disaster risk reduction;
  2. Share knowledge, experiences and best practices from national governments, the civil society, and researchers from across the region, including Japan, Nepal, Vietnam, Vanuatu, and other countries;
  3. Draw recommendations and action plan on how to implement a more robust gender responsive Sendai Framework within the region.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Recommendation and Actions Document on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction for the implementation of the Sendai Framework.
  2. Results of the conference will serve as an input into regional disaster risk reduction platforms such as the ‘Asia Regional Plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework', which is the intended outcome of the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) taking place in New Delhi in November 2016.

Conference Outline

Day 1

The first day is aimed at bringing the workshop participants onto the same page. Sessions will provide an introduction to DRR and gender themes in order bring all participants to the same level. Specifically, the sessions will explain the Sendai Framework and its priorities, the steps Asia-Pacific region has taken on the Sendai Framework since its adoption in March 2015, the gender equality challenges facing the region in respect of disasters and the progress to date.

Day 2

Discussions on the second day are expected to dive deeper into the gender and DRR challenges, experiences, and best practices that the region can learn from moving forward. Sessions are designed around the four priorities of action under the Sendai Framework and will look at the issues and experiences on gender equality and women’s participation throughout. It also broadens the scope to bring in other emerging complex but relevant issues, such as climate change, that could make the implementation of DRR and gender equality a challenge for the region.

Day 3

The final day will focus on identifying specific priorities and actions that are needed in order for the region to make substantive progress in implementing the gender equality and women’s empowerment through DRR. The sessions will identify key recommendations and actions that need to be implemented at the regional, national and local levels, as well as within communities. The conference will also identify critical avenues for ensuring political commitment to these recommendations at all levels, especially by linking them to already set regional and national DRR platforms in 2016 and beyond.


16-18 May 2016


The conference will take place at the

Sheraton Ha Noi Hotel
Address: K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, Ha Noi, Viet Nam


Around 200 participants from Governments, UN agencies, development partners, NGOs, researchers and practitioners on gender and disaster risk reduction in Asia and Pacific are expected to attend. Participation is also open to those who have a professional interest in the themes of the conference.

Working Language

The working language for the meeting is English (with interpretation available for Vietnamese and Japanese participants).


No conference fee will be administered.

To register, please complete the enclosed registration form and send it to:

Deadline for international participants requiring support with visa: 4th April 2016

Deadline for international participants not requiring support with visa: 21st April 2016

Deadline for local participants: 30th April 2016

Conference Documents

  • Conference note (to be updated)
  • Agenda (to be updated)
  • Registration Form (Updated: 19 April 2016)


Participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements. However, local organizers have made a number of reservations at hotels near the conference venue for those registering before 30th April 2016.

For hotel reservation, please send the request to

Contact details

For further information on the conference sessions and content, please contact:

Sumaiya S Kabir
UN Women Viet Nam Country Office

Le Quang Tuan
Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control,
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Viet Nam

For further information on logistics and administration, please contact:

Tran Thi Thuy Anh
UN Women Viet Nam Country Office

Katia Timmermans
UN Women Viet Nam Country Office