Blueprint Launch

We successfully launched A Blueprint for Disaster Management RD&D Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals at the international symposium A Smart Sustainable Future for All on 25 September 2018– the third anniversary of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This Blueprint provides analysis and a research framework tosupport policymakers, first responders, industry stakeholders and community members strengthen our resilience to future disasters. The path to a sustainable and resilient future is paved by the decisions we make today, and our work seeks to support positive evidence-based action.

Senior executives from major government and international organizations attended the launch and commented on the significance of the research, including: Anna Wellenstein, Director of Strategy and Operations, the World Bank Mark Crosweller, National Resilience Taskforce, Department of Home Affairs, Australian Government; and Assistant Commissioner Debra Abbott, Victoria Police.

About the blueprint, Anna Wellenstein said, "I was really excited to learn about the blueprint. I think unless we really know what progress we’re making, and we have targets – it’s hard for us to learn from each other – one country to the next – about what’s a really effective policy and program and what’s not, and it’s really hard to see if we’re on the right track or not… It’s quite an accomplishment that the team here at the University of Melbourne was able to put together a plan and I look forward to its discussions with a lot of the countries and international agencies."

You can download the blueprint here – we hope this roadmap will encourage further discussion, collaboration and research towards a smart and sustainable future.

If you would like to support or collaborate with us in implementing the Blueprint – please contact us at cdmps-info@unimelb.edu.au

 (From left to right) Prof Greg Foliente (Deputy Director, CDMPS), Anna Wellenstein (Director, Strategy and Operations, the World Bank), Hon. Gary Nairn (Former Spatial Minister, Australia), Mark Crosweller AFSM (Head, National Resilience Taskforce, Australian Government Dept of Home Affairs), Assisstant    Commissioner Debra Abbott (Victoria Police), Prof Abbas Rajabifard (Director, CDMPS and CSDILA, University of Melbourne), Maryam Rabiee (Research Associate, CDMPS and CSDILA)
(From left to right) Prof Greg Foliente (Deputy Director, CDMPS), Anna Wellenstein (Director, Strategy and Operations, the World Bank), Hon. Gary Nairn (Former Spatial Minister, Australia), Mark Crosweller AFSM (Head, National Resilience Taskforce, Australian Government Dept of Home Affairs), Assisstant Commissioner Debra Abbott (Victoria Police), Prof Abbas Rajabifard (Director, CDMPS and CSDILA, University of Melbourne), Maryam Rabiee (Research Associate, CDMPS and CSDILA)