Professor of public administration and governance, Dr. Edna Co, will discuss the relationship between human mobility and disaster management at the University of Newcastle (UON), Australia on August 9. She was invited by UON as part of the University President’s Visiting Fellow Program.
“The large-scale displacement caused by disasters may sometimes lead to a migration crisis [which creates] significant vulnerabilities for affected communities, long-term migration management challenges, and a strain on human resources,” she says as a prelude to her lecture.
Co is the director of the Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders (CIFAL) Philippines, the Asia Pacific hub in the CIFAL international network. Working under the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), CIFAL hubs promote and pursue “the exchange of knowledge amongst government officials, the private sector and civil society.”
Launched in 2016, CIFAL Philippines is a partnership between UP and UNITAR, where University expertise is expected to contribute to the global discourse on migration and development, gender equality, and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The University strengthens its regional and global character through CIFAL Philippines and carries out its public service mandate through capacity-building programs that support local-level policymaking and action as well as enhance decision-making on a worldwide scale. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)