• Hamedan Resilience Governance and Management Model

    GRF and its Iranian partners have developed the Hamedan Resilience Governance and Management Model

  • 8th IDRC Davos 2020 cancelled!

    IDRC Davos 2020 was planned to be held on 30 August – 3 Sept. 2020 in Davos, Switzerland

    Postponed to 2021

  • World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2019 in Sendai

    Date:     November 9 to November 12, 2019

    Venue:   Sendai International Center and Tohoku University, Sendai

  • Symposium on Risk, Resilience and Disaster Management - Launching the World Bosai Forum/ IDRC Sendai 2019

    Date:     Friday, 23 November 2018, 10.15h - 16.45h

    Conference Venue: Arabella Hotel Waldhuus, Davos, Switzerland

    Conference Presentations and Outcomes now available

  • Framework Agreement of Cooperation signed in Shenzhen

    GRF Davos signed a Framework Agreement of Cooperation with the Qianhai/Shenzhen Authorities and the Beijing Normal University at the jointly organised International Symposium on Integrated Governance of Large-scale Disaster and Economic Risks.

  • Risk Award 2019

      2019 Risk Award „Coastal Resilience“ – Call for Proposals

  • Planet@RISK eJournal

    Sharing practical know-how for improved risk management

The Global Risk Forum is an independent non-profit organisation performing applied research in the field of integrative risk management.

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GRF Davos implements research and development projects in the sense of an integrative risk management approach. We are your experts in the field of risk analysis and assessment, natural hazards, geology, climate change critical infrstructures, disaster management and prevention.



GRF Davos is host of a series of international conferences, offers training courses and workshops in the field of disaster and risk management.

GRF Davos specialises in the full-service management of conferences and events with anything from 20 - 1000 delegates, across a broad spectrum of areas; from scientific to government and education. Our aim is to make your job easy, and our experience team are practiced in finding solutions to any challenge in order to create extraordinary events for you and your clients.

From the concept and agenda setting, to marketing, logistics and on-site conference management as a full-service organisation, we can manage every aspect of your conference or event from beginning to end.


The Global Risk Forum GRF Davos promotes the worldwide exchange of knowledge and expertise, creates solutions and fosters good practices in integrative risk and disaster management and climate change adaptation.

We create interaction between key players by connecting line ministries, disaster, risk and safety management authorities, academic institutions, practitioners, the private sector,  and the press.  We strongly believe that by sharing our knowledge and experience we can contribute to a more sustainable, safer planet.



GRF and its Iranian partners develop the Hamedan Resilience Governance and Management Model

In close collaboration and cooperation with the Mayor and Municipality of Hamedan City and with strong support of the Iranian National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO), the Hamedan Province General Governor Authority (HPGGA), Hamedan Province Disaster Management Authority (HPDMA), Hamedan City Disaster Mitigation and Management Office (HCDMMO), Iran's Municipality and Rural Administrators (IMVA), the Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization (TDMMO), the Natural Disaster Research Institute (NDRI), and the pilot cities of Nahavand and Laljin, GRF has developed the Hamedan Resilience Governance and Management Model, thus contributing to the UNDRR- MCR initiative. Initiates file downloadRead more

8th IDRC Davos 2020 Conference cancelled

After many discussions and consultations, we have decided to cancel the 8th IDRC Davos 2020, scheduled to take place in Davos from 30 August – 3 Sept. 2020. Studying the both the spread of COVID-19 around the world and the measurements being taken by governments globally, planning and execution of the conference became unpredictable and holding a major event like IDRC Davos would pose an unacceptable risk to the health of our participants. Organizing and engaging in IDRC Davos requires large investments in both time and money for everyone involved. Therefore, we wanted to make an early decision. GRF Davos and the IDRC Davos organizing team are grateful for your understanding, patience and support. We hope to see you in 2021.

Stay healthy.

Sincerely Yours

GRF Davos

World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Sendai 2019 Sendai/ Japan - November 9 to November 12, 2019.

In 2017, the Tohoku University in Sendai started holding the “World Bosai Forum/International Disaster Risk Conference” from 2017 in Sendai City every two years, in partnership with the International Disaster and Risk conference (IDRC) in Davos, Switzerland. Officials and experts from national and overseas, including governments, international organizations, academia, private sector, NGOs, media, as well as local citizens are invited to participate in the Forum to be held from November 9 - 12, 2019 in Sendai/ Japan. This year, the Forum focusses on “the Global Target E” out of the seven global targets of the Sendai Framework that aims to achieve significant increase in the number of countries by 2020 with holding national and regional disaster management strategies, on climate change adaptation, and on how to apply advanced technologies such as AI or IoT technology in disaster risk reduction.

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Symposium on Risk, Resilience and Disaster Management - Launching the World Bosai Forum/ IDRC Sendai 2019 Davos, Arabella Hotel Waldhuus, Friday 23 November 10.15h – 16.45h

The 1-day IDRC Davos 2018 Conference on Risk, Resilience and Disaster Management with international top experts in risk and disaster management was successfully held on 23 November 2018 in Davos, Switzerland. The symposium provided first-hand information on the Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami which hit Indonesia on the 29 September 2018, and provided many new insights into the macro-economic analysis of risk reduction measures, into the status of sustainability and resilience of our built environment and the needs for research and education, the need for a paradigm shift in handling hybrid threats, and the role of the media in in times of disasters. A Panel Discussion outlined the needs in science, education, training and public awareness rising for a risk and resilience based disaster risk management. A highlight was also the launching of the 2nd World Bosai Forum/IDRC Sendai 2019, which will take place No. 9 – 12, 2019 in Sendai/ Japan.

Conference Presentations and Outcomes now available

2019 RISK Award “Coastal resilience” – Call for proposals

We are pleased to announce in cooperation with the Munich Re Foundation and UNISDR the Call for Proposals for the 2019 Risk Award. We are looking for projects dealing with disaster risk mitigation in the face of environmental changes, population growth and urban development. Adaptation to environmental changes becomes more and more important. Island states belong to the top-priority countries at risk in most parts of the world. Along with the other coastal areas, they are exposed to a number of risks. Extreme storms, erosion, sea level rise and further environmental changes are just a few examples. What are the most useful approaches to build resilience? Which innovative ideas can help reduce risks? Read more and submit your proposal until 22 November 2018.


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Framework Agreement of Cooperation signed between the Qianhai/Shenzhen Authorities, Beijing Normal University, and GRF Davos

International Symposium on Integrated Governance of Large-scale Disaster and Economic Risks

International Symposium on Integrated Governance of Large-scale Disaster and Economic risks, Qianhai Shenzen May 2017

Within the framework of the “International Symposium on Integrated Governance of Large-scale Disasters and Economic Risks”, held on 13/14 May 2017 in Qianhai/Shenzhen, the Authorities of Qianhai/Shenzhen (the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hongkong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen), the Beijing Normal University, and Global Risk Forum, GRF-Davos, have signed a Framework Agreement of Cooperation. The cooperation wants to address the variety of risks from natural hazards to technical, biological, social and financial risks, all across different political institutions, national and international organizations, countries and business sectors. In this agreement, the Parties have expressed their mutual desire to promote further strategic co-operation and for that purpose to engage in research and development to promote scientific knowledge, technology and practical solutions on integrated risk governance and risk and disaster management, on global climate change, on governance and risk related topics related to the Road and Belt Initiative, to support the UNISDR Sendai Framework for DRR, and the Sustainable Development Goals. For that purpose, a Global Risk Forum Davos in Qianhai, Shenzhen will be established.

GRF Davos has been represented in Shenzhen by Michael Havbro Faber Nielsen, GRF Davos Research Fellow and Professor in the area of Risk Informed Decision Support for Structures at the Department of Civil Engineering at Aalborg University, Denmark.

The International Symposium on Integrated Governance of Large-scale Disaster and Economic Risks has been closed by adopting an 8 point recommendation paper, the Shenzhen Qianhai Consensus Paper. The Consensus Paper addresses a number of activities to be started, among others the organization of a biennial IDRC Shenzhen Davos Conference to be held in 2019 for the first time. The Road and Belt Initiative will become an important topic at the IDRC Conferences.

The multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative is probably the most ambitious and all-encompassing economic development project in human history, connecting Asia and Europe in a vast network of roads, railways, pipelines, airports, sea ports, transnational electrical grids and fiber optic lines of communication though the creation of an economic land belt traversing Central Asia and the Middle East as well as a maritime road that links China with the ports of the Indian Ocean, East Africa and the Mediterranean. The goal is to bolster trade by overcoming one of the biggest impediments to global growth, the chronic lack of infrastructure.

The consensus paper is available for download here: consensus paper

The signing ceremony was featured in the Qianhai Shenzhen News. Watch the full report here: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/4bd9k0bZFPyi4SRz8Lr9kQ


Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

The official Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 publication has been released on 1 Juy 2015. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted by UN Member States on 18 March 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The Sendai Framework is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and four priorities for action.

Initiates file downloadDownload the publication here.


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