Recognised by the international Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme jointly sponsored by International Council for Science (ICSU), International Social Science Council (ISSC) and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), CCOUC was invited to set up and led one of the 12 IRDR International Centre of Excellence in November 2016.
Core funding for IRDR is provided by the China Association for Science and Technology and its International Programme Office is hosted by Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) Chinese Academy of Sciences. Although the approaches in the sciences vary, the IRDR programme approaches the issues of natural and human-induced hazards and disasters from several perspectives: from the hazards to the disasters, and from the human exposures and vulnerabilities back to the hazards. This coordinated and multi-dimensional approach takes the IRDR programme beyond approaches that have traditionally been undertaken. The IRDR mission is to develop trans-disciplinary, multi-sectorial alliances for in-depth, practical disaster risk reduction research studies, and the implementation of effective evidence-based disaster risk policies and practices.
ICoE-CCOUC tied in well with the mission of IRDR. This ICoE run by CCOUC mainly focuses on 1) climate change and health, 2) disaster risk perception, 3) human health security, 4) disaster case studies of Asian Pacific region and other relevant issues.