Posted Fall/Winter 1996
The United Nations Global Programme for the Integration of Public Administration and the Science of Disasters announces an international conference, which will bring together public administrators and scientists from many disaster-prone countries to share knowledge and experiences concerning anticipation and mitigation methods. This UN conference will focus on techniques and systems for anticipating and mitigating large, destructive disasters, especially earthquakes. The conference will benefit both scientific and public administration communities, and will be of particular interest to those who seek holistic, comprehensive and effective mitigation of natural disasters.
Specifically, the conference aims to:
- Share globally expertise and experience in integrating (1) scientific information into the practice of public administration and (2) public administration needs into the scientific agenda
- Review public administration methods that encourage communities to anticipate and prepare for large disasters, especially earthquakes
- Review country papers on the science and public administration of disaster reduction
- Review protocols for cooperative and useful communications amongst and between public administrators, both central and local levels, and scientists, both professional and amateur
- Encourage appreciation and use of emerging methods of anticipating large earthquakes
- Recognize the global and ecologically connected nature of large disasters, especially earthquakes
- Develop international protocol for sharing scientific data across cultures and national boundaries, including emerging use of internet technology for global sharing of data and experiences
- Recommend areas for action, further study, and exchange
- Establish permanent communications forum for exchanging information and experiences on a continuous (real time) basis.
The conference will include panels, roundtables, poster sessions, speakers, and visits to the Tangshan area, precursor monitoring stations, and the City of Tangshan’s preserved sites and museum commemorating the 28 July 1976, magnitude 7.8 Tangshan Earthquake.
The conference is hosted by the State Science and Technology Commission of China.
For further information on this United Nations conference, please contact
Gay Rosenblum-Kumar, UNDDSMS.