Media briefing: 2011 world risk report

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  • DATE / TIME :
    2011•09•02    10:30 - 11:45
    Location :
    Brussels

    The World Risk Report 2011 by UNU-EHS and ADW illustrates the risk of various countries and regions to be hit by a disaster and analyses the risk factors of government failure and on-site risk management.

    Presentation of the World Risk Report 2011: Are Disasters Preventable?

    Earthquakes, floods, droughts, storms: disasters seem to occur unexpectedly and with unimaginable force. But why do some countries better succeed than others to cope with extreme natural events? The World Risk Report 2011 helps to evaluate the vulnerability of societies to natural hazards. Using world maps to visualize, it shows, on the one hand, where the probability of a natural hazard to occur is particularly high; on the other hand, it shows in which countries the population can cope with these events especially good or bad. The central element of the report, the concept of the World Risk Index, was developed by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn/Germany, in cooperation with the Alliance Development Works (ADW) and its partners.

    The World Risk Report 2011 consists of the index, a main topic and case studies. The index illustrates the risk of various countries and regions to be hit by a disaster, with special emphasis on exposure, susceptibility of the population, coping capacities and adaptation strategies. The main topic of the report, “governance and civil society”, analyses the risk factors of government failure and on-site risk management, as well as the possibilities to call for governmental responsibility. Case studies illustrate the main topic.

    The report will be presented by Dr. Jörn Birkmann, Scientific Director of the WorldRiskIndex project, UNU-EHS,  Bonn, and Peter Mucke, Editor WorldRiskReport and Managing Director of Alliance Development Works, Berlin.

    For more information, see the briefing webpage.

  • UNRIC meeting room (8th floor)
    rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 155, Brussels