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WorldRiskReport 2011 - are disasters preventable?

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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 WorldRiskReport 2011 helps to evaluate the vulnerability of societies to natural hazards. On behalf of Alliance Development Works, UNU-EHS has developed the WorldRiskIndex and calculated risk values for 173 countries worldwide. 

Press conference

When? 2 September 2011, 10.30-11.45 a.m.

Where? UNRIC Meeting room, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 155, B-1040 Brussels. 8th Floor. Entrance Block C2

Who?  PD Dr Jörn Birkmann, Scientific Head of the WorldRiskIndex project at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn/Germany

Peter Mucke, Editor WorldRiskReport, Managing Director of Alliance Development Works, Berlin/Germany

Please find here selected press coverage on the WorldRiskReport.

Background & highlights of the report

The WorldRiskReport 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 is shown in which countries the population can cope with these events especially good or bad. The central element of the WorldRiskReport, the concept of the WorldRiskIndex, 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 and its partners. Alliance Development Works also is editor of the report.

The WorldRiskReport 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. Special emphasis is put on exposure, susceptibility of the population, coping capacities and adaptation strategies. The main topic of the report is "governance and civil society". Here, the risk factors government failure and on-site risk management are analysed, as well as the possibilities to call for governmental responsibility. Case studies illustrate the main topic.

Contact

Janine Kandel, UN University, + 49-228-815-0219,

Downloads

WorldRiskReport

Press release

Fact sheet

WorldRiskReport

At www.worldriskreport.org you will find additonal graphs, maps and figures for download.

Read more

WorldRiskReport: Can disasters be prevented on www.unu.edu

Lessons for Japan from the WorldRiskReport 2011 on OurWorld 2.0