What is 
DR2020 ?

The Disaster & Resilience International Summit is a trilingual (French, English, Spanish) event to be hold in Montreal (Canada) from June 16 to 18, 2020. It will be a meeting point for a variety of actors (managers and policymakers, stakeholders and humanitarians, experts and academics, artists and creators, and local and indigenous populations). While targeting the needs of individuals, families, businesses, and communities, participants will discuss resilience perspectives through an inclusive, multi-hazard and multi-disciplinary approach, and will consider before, during, and after disasters.

In the current context of increasing numbers of disasters and their consequences, it is important to question the measures that promote the resilience of individuals, organizations, communities, and their systems. Considering the many facets of resilience, the summit targets the development of a multisectoral approach to understanding resilience, mobilizing all stakeholders to act in enhancing resilience. It also intends to foster learning of how an individual, an organization, or a community can be fulfilled in resilience.

This event will enable all actors involved and concerned with disaster resilience to come together and collaborate in interactive and participatory activities. Beyond the presentation of the work and initiatives of the actors (academics, professionals, etc.), which are usually at the heart of knowledge transfer, this summit tends to discussion, exchange, and innovation. Given the major challenges we face, such as disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development, how can we co-build an inclusive resilience that protects us from future hazards? 


The summit will revolve around four central, non-exclusive but synergistic themes.

Non-exhaustive examples illustrate each of these themes: 


How do stakeholders become more aware of the risks of disasters? How is awareness perceived by others? What knowledge do we have of risks and multi-hazard portrait?
• Capabilities and vulnerabilities of individuals, groups and communities;
• Economy and disasters;
• Communication and risk perception;
• Interactions between hazards and their impacts. 


How to mobilize, gather, and engage collectively for resilience?
• Social capital and social mobilization;
• Partnerships including mutual assistance, networks, collaborative approaches, platforms and communities of practice;
• Stakeholder engagement: policy makers, managers, responders, researchers, etc.;
• New technologies and social networks. 


Which programs and interventions build resilience? What actions contribute to resilience?
• Land planning and development; - Challenges of operationalizing resilience;
• Population warning and public communication; - Stakeholder response during disasters;
• Living environment reconstruction (social, economic, physical);
• Community at the center of the action. 


What learning takes place before, during, and after disasters? How to find fulfilment in resilience for individuals, organizations, or communities?
• Disaster learning: Measuring successes and failures, comparing with other cases, sharing lessons learned;
• Identifying the determinants and components of resilience;
• Positive impacts of resilience (e.g., heritage and ecosystem preservation, strategic logic of organizations, etc.);
• Exposing resilience value. 


A manifesto listing key messages from communicators, participants, artists, and authors will be presented to the general public and shared to various local, national, and international actors working in the field of resilience and disasters.

Publication of a scientific journal is planned following the summit. Authors will be invited to submit their text by a specific date a few months after the summit.