On 26 November, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m., UNU-EHS expert Dr. Matthias Garschagen will participate in a technical discussion on disaster risk reduction and development at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The discussion will follow a keynote speech by Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction Ms. Mami Mizutori, who will speak about the relevance and interrelations of the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda in connection with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Further participants in the technical discussion will be representatives of UN Climate Change, the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), CARE, and the City of Bonn.
The dialogue will center around comprehensive disaster and climate risk management as a precondition for risk-informed sustainable development. Especially developing countries are affected by disaster risk because it is often here that a high vulnerability, a lack of risk awareness, and limited adaptive and coping capacities come together. However, extreme events and slow-onset mechanisms are threatening development efforts, undermining resilience, and exacerbating inequality.
Dr. Garschagen will speak about robust risk analyses and the impact that research can make on resilience.