UN-CECAR is an institutional platform for universities across Asia and Africa to strengthen education and research on adaptation to climate change and ecosystems change, and to build the emerging sustainability science discipline. The Network’s goal is to reduce vulnerability to climate and ecosystems change.

UNCECAR Conference
The UN-CECAR conference series draws on the shared experiences of its university members and various stakeholders from other organizations and research institutes. The theme of this year's 5th Conference of UN-CECAR on 15 November 2011 at UNU-ISP is ‚"Disaster Risk Management and Sustainability", taking climate and ecosystems changes into consideration.

Conference Features
1. The main focus of the Conference is to discuss risk reduction and recovery challenges from catastrophic disasters. Countries that experienced such catastrophic disasters as the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake would have many experiences and lessons to share. Search for a sustainable disaster risk management model is a very relevant concern for us given that natural disasters have devastated an increasing number of regions, destroyed investments and set back progress in development.

2. Prominent researchers from Ibaraki University, Gadjah Mada University, Chulalongkorn University and University of Engineering and Technology Lahore Pakistan will share their experience on disaster response and management on mega disasters in the region during the past decade. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on sustainable disaster risk management moderated by Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi.

3. There will also be a morning session for presentations on climate and ecosystems change adaptation research carried out by young scientists from UN-CECAR and S-8-3 affiliated university networks.