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8th APWF Webinar with UN-HABITAT, 12th March 2021 15:30-16:30 (JST)
WASH as entry point to reduce Covid-19 vulnerabilities and other hazards

The impact of COVID-19 across Asia-Pacific Region has brought fore the importance of robust WASH infrastructure systems into focus. While the unfolding crisis affects the entire population across the region, certain groups are more severely hit due to the existing challenging accesses and conditions related to water, sanitation and health systems. Limited access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene are problems that weaken heath care systems across communities in Asia-Pacific every year. In addition, the limited mainstreaming of disaster risk and climate change considerations into urban plans or actions exacerbate these challenges that Governments face to achieve through responses in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience. A business-as-usual approach will not be enough to overcome the effects of the current pandemic and build resilience against the future shocks.

This Webinar will look into the COVID-19 response in several countries of the region, where on-going climate change related interventions have already made progress towards strengthening sustainable water resources management and service provision. This technical approach will look into three specific areas: (a) water resilient systems’ impact in communities, (b) sustainable engagement of local governments and communities through participatory approaches, and (c) importance of producing evidence-based data, mapping and knowledge for informed decision making.

Speakers: UN-HABITAT
Mr. Atsushi Koresawa, Regional Representative of Asia and the Pacific

Dr. Avi Sarkar, Regional Advisor, South-East Asia, Urban Basic Services

Ms. Inga Korte, Team Leader Urban Climate Resilience for Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

Mr. Juan Torres, Information Management Officer for Lao PDR Office

Ms. Odicea Angelo Barrios, Programme Coordinator of Community-driven development Unit for Myanmar

Ms Parul Agarwa

Mar 12, 2021 03:30 PM in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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Atsushi Koresawa (Mr.) is the UN-Habitat Regional Representative of Asia and the Pacific. Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) is situated in Fukuoka city, Japan since June 2017. As the Regional Representative, he is responsible for 42 countries across the A-P Region, supporting country offices’ activities and engaged in UN activities at global, regional and country levels. Before joining UN‐Habitat, Mr. Koresawa served at several ministries and institutions of the Japanese government since 1988. He also served at international organizations including UN-Habitat (Nairobi), OECD (Paris) and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (Kobe).
Inga Korte
Ms. Inga Korte is the UN-Habitat Team Leader Urban Climate Resilience for Fiji and the Solomon Islands. She has been working in the Pacific since 2019, supporting climate resilience informal settlement upgrading and community engagement programs. Prior to working in the Pacific, Ms. Korte supported the UN-Habitat office in Afghanistan on community development and local governance.
Oddy Angelo
@Community-driven Development Unit for Myanmar
Ms. Oddy Angelo is the Programme Coordinator of Community-driven Development Unit for Myanmar. She has been working with UN-Habitat since 2007, prior to Myanmar she worked in ROAP, Indonesia and Afghanistan. Oddy is engaged in humanitarian and development projects addressing issues of housing, WASH, basic infrastructure, and electricity, she is also involved in slum upgrading at operational and normative level.