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Panellist Paula Albrito, European Regional Coordinator at UNISDR

Paola Albrito is the Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Regional Office for Europe and has covered disaster risk reduction activities in the European region since 2007. She joined UNISDR in 2004 during the preparations for the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in 2004 analyzing the national progress reports received from national authorities in feeding the Conference with the Outcome Analysis Document on the status on DRR implementation at the global level. She assisted the inter-governmental Drafting Committee and Main Committee of the Conference in charge of developing the Hyogo Declaration and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters adopted by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution 60/195 endorsed by the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, in January 2005.

 In March 2005 she worked on Policy Issues related topics particularly related to the follow-up to the Hyogo Framework for Action, including development of guidelines related to indicators towards assessing disaster risk reduction issues and how to mainstream disaster risk reduction in sustainable development policy and programme.

Paola holds a Masters in International Relations and Political Science, University of Turin, with research conducted at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London. She worked, at the beginning of her career, at the United Nations Staff System College (UNSSC) in Turin, Italy, where she supported UN country teams in developing sustainable development policies.  In 2000 she joined the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Djibouti as Coordinator/Programme Analyst coordinating the development of the Common Country Assessment and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (programmes addressing sustainable development issues­­­). She also worked as an independent consultant with programme evaluations within the International Labor Organization.