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Hanoi, March 30, 2021 - at the Thuyloi University, the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA) in collaboration with the Thuyloi University, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a Closing Ceremony of the second training course on Capacity Improving for the trainers at the central level on Community-based Disaster Risk Management. More than 50 trainees from nearly 20 provinces attended two courses, to become certified senior trainers, conducting community training courses on natural disaster management and climate change adaptation in localities across Vietnam.

Attending the ceremony, there were Prof. Dr. Trinh Minh Thu - President of Thuyloi University, Ms. Sitara Syed, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP. Especially the presence of trainers and trainees participating in the course.

With the goal of training qualified trainers, capable of conducting training courses at central, provincial, district and commune levels in disaster risk management and climate change, contributing to improving capacity of the national training system at all levels, these trainees have learned and practiced about disaster risk management, community-based climate change risks, impacts of natural disasters and climate change on vulnerable people, gender integrating, women's capacity building in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaption and necessary training methods and skills.

In addition, trainees were also shared by domestic and international trainers and experts on current and future disaster risk management solutions, international experiences in disaster risk reduction, as well as strategy on natural disaster risk management period 2021 - 2025, institutions, policies and state management on community-based disaster risk management.

Prof. Dr. Trinh Minh Thu - President of Thuyloi University

“These training courses is of great significance to help communication on disaster risk reduction, early warning of natural disasters and possible post-disaster recovery perform better in localities, especially in disadvantaged regions. Thuyloi University will also integrate the knowledge of CBDRM acquired from these two courses so that students can gain more helpful knowledge for their future.” Prof. Dr. Trinh Minh Thu - President of Thuyloi University made a speech at the closing ceremony.

Ms. Sitara Syed, Deputy Representative of UNDP in Viet Nam

Ms. Sitara Syed, Deputy Representative of UNDP in Viet Nam emphasized “The context we live in now is increasingly volatile, unpredictable, and complex, with more frequent extreme disasters resulting in serious damages to livelihoods, properties, and human wellbeing. Clearly, there is a recognition of the need to build a strong contingent of trainers for disaster risk reduction in Viet Nam. We hope that both of these training courses will lay the foundation for the development of the training courses for new trainers, as well as for staff from VNDMA, ministries, and provinces who are directly involved in disaster risk management work.”

On behalf of the VNDMA, Ms. Doan Tuyet Nga - Director of the Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, Director of Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, VNDMA thanked the dedication of the Thuyloi University and their trainers for supporting the first training course, in line with the Government Program 1002 on "Raising public awareness and community-based disaster risk management”.

Trainees received Graduation Certificates

This is one of the many activities of the project "Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Viet Nam" (GCF Project) funded by the Green Climate Fund with Support from Viet Nam Government and UNDP. By early 2021, GCF Project has provided training and information on climate change as well as climate and disaster resilience to more than 45,000 people in 7 project provinces including Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh, Quang Binh, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Ca Mau.

Trainees take souvenir photos with the Organizers and the Trainers

Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation