Angolan Civil Protection staffers participate in training course on Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Local Development in Turin, Italy

Jun 18, 2015

38 Disaster Risk Management (DRM) officials from 18 countries including Angola gathered at the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy during the first week of June 2015 to learn best practices in mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into sustainable local development.

Three officials of Angolan National Civil Protection Commission (CNPC) participated in this training course targeted at DRM practitioners from Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Through lectures, debates, group works and simulation exercises, Angolan DRM practitioners deepened their understanding on DRR for sustainable local development and acquired practical tools for risk assessment and mainstreaming DRR in development planning. “We hope to adapt this training to Angolan context and make it available for DRM practitioners at all levels of our country,” said Mr. Edson Fernando, an Angolan CNPC participant at the end of the course.

The course also featured a number of DRR experience-sharing sessions between participating countries.  Angola’s project on Disaster Prevention at Schools and Communities was also presented along with lessons learnt for possible replication in other countries.

The training course on DRR and Sustainable Local Development was organized by the ILO in collaboration with international partners such as the Government of Italy, the Inter-American Foundation, the Office of the United Nations for DRR (UNISDR), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It effectively served at enhancing global network of DRM practitioners for future South-South and Triangular cooperation in the area of risk-informed sustainable development.