Venue: COMSTECH Building, 33 Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Disaster is serious disruption of functioning of a community or a society
involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and
impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society, to cope
using its own resources. Disaster risk is the potential loss in lives, health
status, livelihood, assets and services, which could occur to a particular
community or a society over some specified future time.
Disaster Risk Reduction is the concept of reducing disaster risk through
systematic analysis and management of the causal factors of disaster. This can
be achieved through reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability of
people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improved
preparedness for adverse events. Climate change, urbanization and
industrialization have resulted in tremendous increase in the disasters all over
the world. OIC member states are signatories to The Hygo
Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), and have an obligation to address issues
relating to disasters, associated risks and their management.
COMSTECH invites applications from OIC member states for participation in an
international workshop on “Disaster Management and Risk Reduction” scheduled to
be held during November 19 to 21, 2013. The workshop will provide an opportunity
for scientists, disaster managers and policy makers to share knowledge and
benefit from experts in the field.
To enhance technical knowledge of the young faculty members and MPhil/PhD
scholars in the area of disaster management, and risk reduction.
To orient planners to have an inbuilt mechanism at planning stage, to save the
To increase administrator’s competency and coping capability, to mobilize
communities during disasters.
To update administrators, managers and policy makers about the role of United
Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), for seeking assistance
during and after disasters.
Who Should Attend?
Natural Disaster Management organizations of Pakistan and OIC member states.
National and International NGOs.
Public and private sector institutes/universities and other organizations.
Resource Persons and Topics of their Presentations:
Regional Programme Officer, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
(UNISDR), Bangkok, Thailand.
Role of UNISDR in Disaster Risk Reduction.
Progress and challenges of the implementation of HFA 2012, with special
reference to Asia,
OIC member states and Pakistan.
Mr. Hari Darshan
Shrestha, Associate Professor, Institute of
Engineering, Tribhuvan University. President,
Structural Engineers' Association and Chairman, Center of Resilient Development,
Earthquake damages in structure and loss of life.
Vulnerability assessment and retrofitting of school and health facilities of
Dr. Anil K. Gupta, Associate Professor,
Head of the
Policy, Planning and Cross Cutting Issues Division & Training Section, National Institute of Disaster
Management-NIDM (Premier Institute of Government of India on Disaster Risk
Management), New Delhi, India.
Topic: Sustainability in disaster management – operational agenda in making:
regional issues and India’s experience.
H.E. Ambassador (R) Shafqat Kakakhel,
the Board of Governors, SDPI, Pakistan,
Former Pakistan Ambassador and former UN Assistant Secretary General/Deputy
Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.
Topic: Disaster and Environment Management.
Prof. Dr. Qaisar Ali, Earthquake Engineering Center, Civil Engineering
Department, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan.
Topic: Earthquake safe housing
Engr. Mujeeb Ahmad, CEO,
Designmen, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Topic: Disaster risk reduction - safer housing.
Mr. Naseer Memon, Chief Executive, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO)- Islamabad, Pakistan.
Topic: Disasters in South Asia and the need for regional cooperation
Prof. Dr. M. Munir Babar,
Mehran University of Engineering and Technology,
Topic: Environmental aspects of integrated flood management.
Lt. Gen(R) Nadeem Ahmed, Special Advisor to WFP, United Nations World Food
Program, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Prof. Dr. A.W. Baloch, Executive Director, Disaster Research Institute, Preston
University, Islamabad campus.
Topic: Fundamental concepts of disaster
Local Hospitality and Travel:
COMSTECH will provide local hospitality including accommodation and meals in its
Guest House (US$120.00 per day single occupancy and US$ 70.00 per day double
occupancy) from its own resources to a limited number of selected participants.
Travel grants are not available. Pick and drop service on arrival and departure
will be provided to only those who are travelling by air.
How to register for the workshop?
Step 1: Download application form
Step 2: Submit completed application form to
or fax it to +92-51-9205264.
Step 3: You will receive an acceptance email soon after the application
deadline, if you are selected for the workshop.
Step 4: Local participants will be required to deposit registration fee of PKR
2,500 through demand draft in favor of COMSTECH by
the deadline mentioned in the acceptance email/letter. Foreign participants will
have to deposit their registration fee of US$ 50 at the time of registration on
the first day of the workshop.
Focal Person of the Workshop
Prof. Dr. A.W. Baloch,
Executive Director, Disaster Research Institute (DRI),
Preston University, Islamabad.
Tel: +92 51-111 707 808+92 51-111 707 808(Extension- 209);
Last Date for Applications: October 19, 2013
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Hanifa Beg
Fax: +92-51-9205264, +92-51-9220265+92-51-9220265