Professors Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh, only 2 formally appointed UNISDR Advocates based in the UK took part at the “Advocates” Summit held at the UN Global Platform.  There was discussion on how we can contribute innovative ideas, experience and suggestions for further developing and implementing campaign principles and tools accelerates the implementation of the Sendai Framework at the local level and how we can work closely with local governments or/and communities in strengthening resilience. 

The UNISDR "Making Cities Resilient" campaign Advocates promote urban disaster resilience in their spheres of influence. UNISDR is encouraging persons with experience, interest and outreach capacities to become a Resilient Cities Advocate. They also persons of integrity who demonstrate a strong desire to help mobilize public interest in, and support for, the purposes and principles of UNISDR, possess the personality and dignity required for such representative capacity; be knowledgeable about UNISDR goals and activities and be able to articulate them. In this capacity, we contribute to United Nations efforts to raise awareness of the aims, objectives and priorities of the Organization, and to convey messages about their activities and to extend its public outreach.