On 13 November 2019, the United Nations University will host “Humanitarian Crises and Climate Change — Preparing for the Challenges Ahead”, a conversation with Ms Ursula Mueller, UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This event will start at 18:30 in the 1F Annex Space at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Extreme weather events, such as floods, storms, wildfires, and droughts continue to displace millions of people from their homes. The impact of the climate crisis is expected to intensify both in scale and in frequency, and humanitarian needs driven by sudden and slow-onset disasters are expected to increase. Recent climate- and weather-related disasters have threatened to stretch and overwhelm the capacities of affected countries and humanitarian organizations to effectively respond and reach those in need. This requires the humanitarian system to adapt and change.
In what ways can the humanitarian system better prepare for escalating climate and disaster risks? What are the recent lessons from responding to disasters? And what opportunities are there for technology, financing, and partnerships for strengthening disaster preparedness and response?
Ms Mueller will join UNU Chief of Staff, Dr Sabine Becker-Thierry to discuss the current humanitarian landscape including its challenges, trends, and opportunities.
The UNU Conversation Series is free, open to the public, and aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 12 November 2019) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Ms Ursula Mueller is the Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in OCHA. Prior, she spent over 30 years working in international affairs, global issues and development financing. She served as the Executive Director of Germany to the World Bank Group where she was responsible for strategy, policy, and budgeting, and helped to foster closer cooperation between the World Bank and the United Nations.
Ms Mueller graduated from Germany’s Foreign Affairs Institute with a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration, and studied economics at the University of Hagen, Germany.
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