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Congo-Brazzaville initiative

UNU Bonn had been approached by the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo to the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008 to seek advice and support in the area of disaster risk management and prevention. Since then, the project has seen several major steps in its implementation phase. These steps include notably the participation of two Congo-Brazzaville experts in a three-week training on Risk Management at UNU-EHS in Bonn, Germany, a training course on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Vulnerability” provided to three Congolese interdisciplinary experts organized by UNU-EHS and UFS-DiMTEC in South Africa as well as a fact-finding mission led by a UNU-ViE and UFS-DiMTEC delegation in Congo-Brazzaville with the aim to create a Disaster Risk Management system in the country. A local workshop has also been organized by UNU-ViE and DiMTEC and held in Brazzaville involving representatives of different ministries and Government bodies to build a common basis for a Disaster Risk Management national framework and Act.

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UNU-ViE and UFS representatives

UNU fosters growing partnership with University of the Free State in South Africa

Published 2012-02-03

From 20 to 21 October 2011, a delegation from the United Nations University Vice Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE) visited the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa. The delegation, including Professor Jakob Rhyner, UNU Vice Rector in Europe/Director of UNU-EHS, discussed future collaborations between the two institutions and met with the national disaster management head and team of South Africa. In addition, a guest lecture on the topic of “Human Security in Africa” was delivered. |Read more

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History of events

September 2008 Ambassador of the Republic of Congo in the Federal Republic of Germany approaches UNU Bonn

November 2008 Two experts from Congo Brazzaville follow a custom-made three-week training on Risk Management at UNU-EHS

April 2009 Strategic meeting takes place between UNU representatives and a delegation from the Embassy of the Republic of Congo including the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Henri Dimi

June 2009 Delegation of three interdisciplinary experts from Congo-Brazzaville dispatched to South Africa where they attended, amongst others, a training course on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Vulnerability” and visited different institutions dealing with disaster management

August 2009 Delegation of two representatives from UNU-ViE and UFS-DiMTEC undertakes a fact-finding mission with the ultimate goal support the creation of a disaster management system in the country

November 2009 UNU-ViE and DiMTEC organize a local workshop in Brazzaville, involving representatives of different ministries and government bodies to build a common basis for a disaster risk management national framework and Act

December 2009 Meeting between UNU, a delegation from the Republic of Congo Embassy and UFS-DiMTEC presenting outcomes of the awareness-raising workshop held in Brazzaville in November 2009

During 2010 Several meetings with the Congolese Ambassador, UFS delegation, South-African government representatives and the UNU Vice-Rector in Europe; Preparing successful enrollment of two Congolese government officials into MA course on Disaster Management offered by UFS-DiMTEC for 2011

January 2011 Two Congolese government officials successfully enroll in the two-year MA course on Disaster Management which is partially sponsored by UNU-ViE, DiMTEC and the Government of the Republic of Congo

Master in Disaster Management

The Master programme on Disaster Management, offered by UFS-DiMTEC, is considered as one of the most prominent postgraduate programmes established in Africa regarding this field.

Through its distance learning approach and its multidisciplinary syllabus, it enables professionals and students from all over the African continent to acquire considerable knowledge and expertise on Disaster Management in a period of two years. | Read more