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ASTM International joins United Nations-aligned global resilience group

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM International has been accepted for membership in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE). The latter focuses on mitigating effects of disasters, risk-informed capital assets and investments, and resilient infrastructure.

ARISE advocates for risk-informed development by supporting private and public sectors to develop and follow policies to reduce disaster risk and losses, and build resilient business practices to prevent social and economic loss from disasters. It also facilitates private sector adoption of business practices that prevent the creation of risk and enhance recovery from disasters—in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

“We believe ASTM’s commitment to The Sendai Framework and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and our other ongoing resilience efforts will bring valuable insight to ARISE and the global disaster risk reduction community," says ASTM International Vice President of Global Cooperation Teresa Cendrowska. 

Sendai emphasizes addressing disaster risk factors through risk-informed public and private investments instead of relying on post-disaster response and recovery. ASTM International has put an emphasis on resilience recently with an ongoing Resilience in Construction Webinar Series. Past topics have included construction materials, wildfire vulnerability and windborne debris. ASTM will host two October workshops covering community and building component plus transportation resilience.