Enhancing the Resilience to Disasters for Sustainable Development

Project Co-financed under Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional funds (L.R18/2011) - CEI-FVG operative programme 756/2021


Natural hazards and manmade accidents call for enhancing resilience to disasters as a fundamental prerequisite for sustainable development.

In a complex and interconnected world, in which uncertainty and surprises are the new normal, the capacity to face the changes and disruptions is becoming central. This challenge can be faced through the adoption of an intersectoral safety approach based on evaluation, anticipation and adaptation capabilities.

The RESILIENHANCE program launches an expert platform to explore effective ways and means for strengthening territorial resilience to adverse events and critical situations in the context of complexity and systemic risk.

The enhancement of resilience and safety allows societies to build a sustainable development characterized by a greater capacity to act proactively and to prevent and address future risks and crises.

To contribute actively to this process, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, the Central European Initiative and the UNESCO Chair on Intersectoral Safety for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience of the University of Udine are promoting the Resilienhance program. The program foresees the implementation of a series of activities aiming to link diverse viewpoints, expertise, and knowledges of experts in different disciplines contributing to resilience.

The aim of the program is to achieve the following short- and long-term results:

  • elaboration of recommendations and reference guidelines to address the issue of strengthening territorial resilience and safety, in the various phases of the disaster management cycle with an intersectoral approach;
  • creation of an interdisciplinary network between experts from scientific institutions, United Nations agencies, EU institutions, and regional and national governmental and territorial institutions, to promote a holistic approach for increasing territorial resilience to disaster risk;
  • increase of the synergy between scientists and policy- and decision-makers, aiming at enhancing resilience and safety to support sustainable development.

Resilienhance platform


A fundamental component of the Resilienhance program is to provide a space that facilitates interdisciplinary and intersectoral exchanges on the different aspects concerning resilience to disasters, with the activation of a Platform in which experts discuss and propose recommendations aiming at supporting risk-informed and resilient sustainable development. This will aim both to support reaching the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Global Agenda, and to contribute to the critical thinking that would help shaping the post-2030 Agenda.

The Platform acts as a knowledge-sharing and knowledge-bridging tool. It operates with networks among scientists, policy-makers, and experts from CEI's Member States, United Nations and European, and regional and local institutions.

The Platform focuses mainly on the resilience to disaster risk, as central driver in managing the challenges posed by systemic risk, climate change, natural hazards, man-made threats, COVID-19 pandemic, and also by the increased complexity and uncertainty that will characterize the future. Thinking and acting proactively for reducing risks and for increasing the capacity to face and cope surprises and unprecedented situations is one of the main challenges in building an effective resilience enhancement. The activities of the platform will provide an interdisciplinary and intersectoral contribution in this direction.

ResiliEnhance Platform Launch Event


The launching event of the Resilienhance program will be held in Udine on 24 and 25 October 2022 in the form of networking and experience sharing event (ResiliEnhance Launch Event). The main objective of this event is to elaborate expert recommendations for strengthening territorial resilience to adverse events and critical situations in the context of complexity and systemic risk. The goal is to create a regional platform aiming to enhance resilience for supporting the achievement of the 2030 Global Agenda.