At the World Cities Scientific Forum at Chengdu, Ennis town manager Ger Dollard and deputy mayor Mary Howard shared the stage with representatives of the world’s megacities.
Chengdu has a population of more than 14 million and, commenting yesterday after returning from the UN event, Mr Dollard said that “Ennis is punching above its weight”.
Ennis has a population of about 28,000 and was invited to the event through its twinning with Phoenix, Arizona, which has a population of 4.4 million.
Mr Dollard addressed delegates on the Irish experience in emergency response planning.
He said yesterday: “The Ennis presentation went down particularly well.
“There is a recognition that, while the scale of disasters might differ and the resources available in any country might vary, the basic elements of service co-ordination, communication and community awareness and involvement remain the same.”
He added: “We did have the opportunity to highlight the potential of Shannon Airport for a global logistics hub for humanitarian aid in the event of a disaster.
“Now that it is an objective in our county development plan we were able to present it as an initiative that has strong support in terms of statutory plans.”