Blueprint for Disaster Management RD&D Supporting the SDGs

Joint research between CDMPS and CSDILA, has recently explored specific connections between the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and disaster management.

CDMPS and the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) at The University of Melbourne are currently mapping the links between disaster management, resilient cities, and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are prioritising key challenges and opportunities to create Strategic RoadMaps and Blueprints, while considering the role of land and geospatial information.

In 2015, the SDGs were adopted by UN Member States with the aim to make the benefits of social, economic, and environmental development globally accessible. Related to these goals, the centres have been investigating the inter-relationships and complexities of social, economic, and environmental issues and their linkages with the SDGs. This is in the contexts of smart cities, land rights and spatial data infrastructures, as well as disaster risk management, countries' infrastructures, policies, and community resilience.

We are working closely with the Academic Network for the UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) to explore the implications of our research in a rapidly-changing world.

We have recently announced our research at the forum 'The SDGs Connectivity Dilemma: Urban Settlements, Resilience, and Sustainability' as part of the 8th UN-GGIM Expert Committee meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Following on from this event, we are hosting an International Symposium 'A Smart Sustainable Future For All- Enhancing Resilience in a Changing Landscape', in co-partnership with The World Bank (the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice); where we will launch a Blueprint.

We hope our research will encourage more professionals and academics to explore the connections between their work and the SDGs, because only by working together will create a more sustainable future for all.

To find out more in the coming months, you can follow us on Twitter, attend our conference, or join our mailing list.