Resiliency Maps featured in United Nations guidelines

GENEVA — The latest United Nations “Words into Action” guidelines, launched here during Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week, include a case study on Resiliency Maps.

Published by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the guidelines focus on enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response. You can read or download the 66-page report on Prevention Web.

The WIA series is where the UN gets practical. For sure, there’s no one-size-fits-everywhere disaster solution, but most agree that there are plenty of good, global ideas that can serve as a template or inspiration.

The guidelines offer specific advice on the steps suggested to implement a feasible and people-centered approach in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Resiliency Maps slots into the section about local and specific risks.  The good practices highlighted from our community-made preparedness maps include holding regular training sessions in the wider community, contributing to OpenStreetMap and partnering with existing programs, such as NERT.

The 90-minute panel session launching the guide covered a lot of ground. Paola Albrito, head of the UNDRR regional office for Europe, moderated a panel of experts discussing the three main sections of the guidelines: Key principles and global targets, guidance and practices. It was exciting to be in the room for the launch, we’ll have more takeaways from Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week 2020 soon.

It was a fitting debut for the guidelines, which have been years in the works and were concretized after three months of public review. Be sure to check out the accompanying simulation exercises and guide on preparedness frameworks, too.

Huge thanks to the superstars who worked with us to make our appearance happen — coordinating Skype calls in time zones so far apart one person dials in from the future, walking through writing the initial case study for review and general hand-holding — Dave Zervaas, Sarah Wade-Apicella and Rajan Gengaje.

You can check out the guidelines here. We’re told there’s a chance it will be available in print in the future, stay tuned for those details.


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