Clarkebond Director to advise UN on disaster risk reduction

A director of the multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, Clarkebond, has been invited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), to be part of a group that will be advising the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on the Sendai Framework initiative.

The invitation recognises director Bill Keane’s status as a leading specialist in disaster management and recovery. Over the past 25 years, Bill has been involved with the consequences of many international major disaster and terrorist incidents, providing post event building recovery and renewal expertise. Bill sits on the RICS President's Commission for Major Disaster Management, leading the research and development of protocols for government agencies, NGO's, contractors, architects and consultants and independently regularly writes papers and conducts seminars on disaster management.

The aim of the Sendai Framework initiative, which was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015, is to achieve a ‘substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.’

It’s an honour to have been invited to join such a prestigious group that will positively impact the lives of so many people caught up in the devastating aftermath of  natural and manmade disasters and that will help vulnerable communities become more resilient to future events,” comments Bill Keane.