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Tuesday, December 08 2020 - 18:02
Over 65 speakers across 8 countries address critical themes of 'Readiness', 'Security' and 'Transparency' at URAP2 conference
SYDNEY, Dec. 08 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Resilience for all from the next disaster - What should better preparedness 
mean after Covid-19 was discussed at two-day event, organised by UNSW, Sydney 

    The vulnerable are most severely impacted as the frequency of 
naturally-triggered disasters is increasing steadily due to the impacts of 
climate change and as the pandemic continues to present new social, economic 
and political reverberations. 

    In the face of these daunting challenges, the second 'Urban Resilience Asia 
Pacific' Conference (URAP2) addressed the critical themes of 'Readiness', 
'Security' and 'Transparency' in Urban Resilience with a focus on Asia Pacific, 
the fastest urbanising region of the world.  The two-day conference was hosted 
online on 3-4 December 2020 by the Faculty of Built Environment at University 
of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, in collaboration with Australia Pacific 
Security College, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, ARUP Group and SEEDS. 

    Prof. David Sanderson from UNSW, asked critical questions such as How do 
you stay optimistic? What does resilience for all really look like? When is it 
best helpful and when is it best avoided? and How comfortable are we to talk 
about corruption?

    One of the several striking themes was led by Dr. Ronak Patel, Director of 
Urbanization and Resilience at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, on the 
intersection of disasters, corruption and the built environment. He stressed, 
"Benefits of corruption are enjoyed by those in power and the consequences are 
largely borne by the vulnerable. It is not only a financial crime but an 
important social justice issue."

    Over 65 speakers across eight countries represented the academia, research 
think-tanks, NGOs, international development organisations and government 
agencies. They explored a wide range of subjects including disaster related 
nomenclature, construction capacities in conflict regions, energy resilience, 
urban displacement, technology applications and financing of resilience. 

    Prof. Meg Keen, Director, Australian Pacific Security College, emphasised 
on socio-political readiness across the breadth of topics. Kirsten MacDonald 
from the ARUP Group pushed for area based approaches to find the right pathways 
ahead. Dr. Anshu Sharma, Co-founder SEEDS, stressed on the uncertainty ahead, 
noting the evidence that we cannot project the needs of the future based on the 
trends from the past. 

    The conference presented a range of solutions that will help the 
participating organisations and others collaborate towards addressing disaster 
risk challenges with a systems approach that are comprehensive yet customizable.

    It was broadcasted on UNSW's YouTube channel 
(, with 1,000+ viewers attending 
live. Use #URAP2 for social media updates.

    Contact: Anuradha Singh,

    Source: UNSW, Sydney and SEEDS