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The 2015 RISK Award goes to the AIILSG in India

Activities for risk reduction must integrate the people at risk and make use of their traditional coping techniques and knowledge. The 2015 RISK Award honours and funds an innovative and sustainable project in India.

The winner of the 2015 RISK Award is the All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG). Its project reduces disaster risks faced especially by women and children in a slum population. Pune city in Maharastra State of India is among the most multi-hazard-prone districts in the country. For the poorest of the poor the risks increase multi-folds as they have hardly any means and resources for disaster risk reduction or disaster preparedness. Approximately 21% of Pune's population (690,000 people) resides in the city’s 477 slums in uninhabitable conditions. Many of those slums are densely populated, lack basic services and infrastructure and, moreover, are located on hills as well as in high flood zones. Consequently, people are highly vulnerable to natural disasters (landslides, floods, heavy rains, earthquakes or cyclones) and man-made disasters (like fires and collapsing buildings). Women and children are the weakest and most heavily affected.

With its project “Community self-assessment and planning with women’s participation for disaster risk” the AIILSG from India aims to reduce the disaster risk of the urban vulnerable communities in slums with a special focus on children and women.

Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

Several thousand participants take part in the conference and related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution for 2013 on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document with the following objectives:

  • To complete assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action; To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations as well as relevant regional agreements within the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action;
  • To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction; To determine modalities to periodically review the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

The Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is represented through Walter J. Ammann, President and CEO GRF Davos and Member of the UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) and Badaoui Rouhban, Senior Research Fellow.

Switzerland's statement at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Official Statement by Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs: "Better safe than sorry! Making disaster resilience a cornerstone of the development agenda"

Download the Opens external link in new windowDidier Burkhalter's speech here or watch it right below.

Sendai Updates

New DRR Framework adopted

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030 was adopted on March 18. It is available for download at Opens external link in new windowwcdrr.org

Walter J. Ammann to chair WCDRR Event

The public forum event Towards risk-informed public policy for risk-sensitive investment  will be chaired by Wlater J. Ammann, President GRF Davos. The event will draw from pilot experiences (including from DEVCO/ACP progammes and related initiatives) to discuss how governments can move to risk-sensitive policy, planning and investment through the roll-out of the following service lines: i) disaster loss dB, coupled with ii) risk assessment/profiling, coupled with iii) HFA(2) monitoring and impact indicators review coupled with iv) unpacking public investment policy, planning and expenditure coupled with v) identification of critical sectors together with key private sector partners, resulting in vi) forward-looking dialogue with and between the government and the private sector examining the suite of policy options to facilitate risk-sensitive public and private investment.

Walter J. Ammann awarded Dr. J. E. Brandenberger prize 2014

Switzerland's highest remunerated prize goes in 2014 to Dr Walter J. Ammann.

For decades, Dr Walter J. Ammann has showed a constant commitment to preventing, reducing, recognising and overcoming risks posed to man and the environment. As Director of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Deputy Director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and President of the Foundation Swiss Research Institute for high-altitude climate and medicine, Dr Walter J. Ammann has attained great acknowledgement for his integrative risk management concept. 

This year he is awarded the foundation Dr J.E. Brandenberger prize of CHF 200,000 in recognition of his tireless work in the field, going ever beyond the call of duty. In establishing and subsequently leading the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, and both the prestigious International Disaster and Risk Conference and the One Health Davos Summits, Dr Walter J. Ammann has created important platforms for international exchange in the area of risk research and its practical application, for the benefit of people all over the world. His contributions led to an integrative approach to risk management which spans the entire spectrum from risk due to natural hazards to biological and technical ones, including the impacts of climate change, pandemics and global terrorism, encompassing disciplines such as engineering and the natural, social and medical sciences, plus the humanities.

"We are delighted to be able to award this year's prize to Dr Walter J. Ammann", said foundation president Carlo Schmid-Sutter - " his extraordinary achievements have fully addressed the core concerns of our patron, Irma Marthe Brandenberger." Her wish is that each year those individuals are honoured that actively strive to better the lot of humanity and who have made notable contributions in the area of natural and social sciences, social work and the improvement of living standards for the humanity as a whole. She set up the foundation in memory of her father, Dr J.E. Brandenberger, the inventor of cellophane, by investing the endowment passed on to her. Since 1990, the prize is awarded on an annual basis.

"I am particularly touched to receive this prize", said the laureate, "and I take it on mindful of the duty to continue the work of identifying the world's highest risks, in order to learn from them as best we can".

The award ceremony is to take place in November 2014 in Zurich.

For further information on the prize or the award winner continue reading at http://www.stiftungbrandenberger.ch

Outcomes of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014

"Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice"
24 - 28 August 2014 | Davos, Switzerland

Organised by GRF Davos in close cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014 which took place in Davos, Switzerland concluded successfully on Thursday, 28 August 2014.

We are pleased to announce the outcomes report of the conference.

The report consists of two major parts. Part I  provides a summary of the discussions of the post-conference expert workshop with  focus on science and technology, education and training, and implementation from a science and technology perspective (participants are listed in the annex part III).

Part II  shows all the various comments which have been provided by the IDRC Davos 2014 participants to the pre-zero and zero draft concept. The comments are listed according to the numbering used in the existent zero draft. Many comments are very much in-line with the existent draft and might also serve for confirmation purposes of the existent zero draft.

The outcomes of the IDRC Davos 2014 shall serve as the science & technology input for the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2) and provide recommendations towards the UN World Conference WCDRR in Sendai, Japan.

The outcomes report is available for download here:outcomes report

Further information on the IDRC Davos 2014 and other past and future IDRC Davos conferences can be found at www.idrc.info.

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