Programme Structure


Phase I (September to November 2023) is divided into four sections and will end with final group presentations.

  • Section 1: Introduction to DRR and Japan’s Experiences
  • Section 2: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Region
  • Section 3: Women’s Leadership in DRR
  • Section 4: Preparing for Future Disasters: Preparedness and Community-based DRR
  • Final group presentations: Participants will be required to develop an inclusive DRR plan and present as a group

Those who complete Phase I can apply to continue to Phase II (February 2024), which will be an in-person training. Invited participants will explore leadership and management in disaster responses. Phase II will focus on post-disaster and recovery and will include site visits, lectures and interactions with experts.


Participants must be at least 18 years old and have:

  • interest in disaster risk reduction
  • strong desire to make a difference in their society
  • stable internet connectivity
  • good command of the English language (oral and written)
  • commitment to spend 1-3 hours per week to complete each section of this 10-week course

Women applicants will receive priority and geographical representation will be considered. The Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who complete Phase I. Selected participants that participate in Phase II will also receive certificates following their participation in the in-person training.

The deadline for application is 1 September 2023. Please register on the link provided below. 


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2021, UNITAR trained 370,139 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. In addition to our headquarters in Geneva, we have offices in Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.

The Division for Prosperity is based in the Hiroshima Office and Geneva. We seek to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world through world-class learning and knowledge-sharing services on entrepreneurship, leadership, finance and trade, digital technologies, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We empower individuals from least-developed countries, countries emerging from conflict, and small-island developing states – especially women and young people – to bring about positive change.

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