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The development impact of risk analytics

February 14, 2020 12:07 am Published by Leave a comment


The development impact of risk analytics

identify · risk assessment · risk finance · decision-making

In order to manage and finance risk you have to quantify it. Intuitively it makes sense that risk understanding improves decisions, and that it should be as close as possible to the local risk owner, combining the best of local and global knowledge. However, countries investing in risk prevention and residual risk transfer programs do not always have the insight they need to inform policy or execute transactions. So much of the world’s modelling capability and resource is locked up in the global north and there is a case for building capacity where it is most needed.

This workshop will explore the mechanisms through which risk insight catalyses positive SDG outcomes (see relevant SDG targets specified below.) A cross-sector group drawn from the private sector, humanitarian and development organisations will propose a theory of change supported by real world evidence. It will suggest that the best way to achieve the contagious spread of risk understanding (and the empowerment it brings) is through public-private collaboration and the principles of genuinely open risk modelling.

The session offers a chance to consult and involve users and providers of risk information, and to test the conclusions of our research so far. It will be designed to be entertaining, informative, and most of all interactive. Participants will discuss: How risk insight works in practice. What risk analytics approaches work for different decision needs – from policy making to operational programmes. What are their peers in other countries doing and what can we learn from this. The organisers will learn: What really drives challenges for developing countries in different regions and small island states. What are the most critical needs. Where we should focus and where funds should be directed.

This workshop’s content is relevant to the following SDGs: >SDG Target 1.5 Building resilience of the poor in the face of climate related extreme events. SDG Target 2.4 Food security including resilience to climate change and natural disaster. SDG Target 5.5 Women’s participation in leadership and decision making, and Target 5B Use of technology for the empowerment of women. SDG Target 11.5 Building resilience in cities to reduce harm and loss caused by disasters. SDG Target 13.1 Strengthen resilience to climate related hazards.

Organizer: Insurance Development Forum

Partner organizations: UN Development Programme, UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, Start network, Global Earthquake Model, Oasis Loss Modelling Framework

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The Meguro Method: A public engagement technique to improve disaster preparedness

February 14, 2020 12:06 am Published by Leave a comment


The Meguro Method: A public engagement technique to improve disaster preparedness

communicate · risk communication· stakeholder collaboration

If you cannot imagine it, you cannot prepare for it. Using the disaster imagination tool developed by distinguished Professor Meguro at University of Tokyo, a leading hub of innovation around disaster risk reduction and management, participants in this dynamic and interactive workshop will be led through realistic disaster scenarios to personally visualize, plan, prepare and support stakeholders in active recovery and response.

Organizer: Miyamoto International

Partner organizations: University of Tokyo, Disaster Management Training Center 

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UNDRR / ISC Sendai hazard definition and classification review

February 13, 2020 11:45 pm Published by Leave a comment


UNDRR / ISC Sendai Hazard Definition and Classification Review

Organizer: Public Health England, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and International Science Council (ISC)

In 2015 three UN Landmark Agreements were adopted: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 (UNDRR 2015a), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (UN 2015), and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (UNFCCC 2015). All three highlighted the importance to ‘monitor and review implementation’ calling for ‘a data revolution, rigorous accountability mechanisms and renewed global partnerships’ (UN, 2015). The Sendai Framework broadened the scope of hazards to be considered to natural and man-made (now termed as human-induced) hazards and related biological, technological and environmental risks (Sendai para 15) and called for inclusion of an all hazard approach in Priority 1 – Understanding risk. The need for greater consistency in hazard terminology was also highlighted by multiple international bodies and reports and whilst there are several hazard definition lists existing or in development in different sectors; there is currently no technical comprehensive overview of all hazards available which would provide a description of all hazards comprised under the Sendai Framework. To address this gap the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the International Science Council (ISC) developed the UNDRR/ISC 2020 Sendai Hazard Definition and Classification Review Technical Report. Unpacking the Report, the session will address challenges related to broad range and complex nature of hazards and related calls for a standardized fully-fledged characterization of hazards that serves as a basis for countries to assess and accordingly enhance their risk reduction policies and operational risk management practices. Aligned with the recommendations of the report it will explore opportunities to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda through support for interactions-based research and policy prioritization and programming at all levels of governance.

Partner Organizations: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and International Science Council (ISC)

Jenty Kirsch-Wood, Chief, Global Risk Analysis and Reporting Section, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Anne-Sophie Stevance, Science Officer, International Science Council (ISC)
Virginia Murray, Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England
John Schneider, Secretary General, GEM Foundation
Nick Moody, Consultant, Insurance Development Forum
Wirya Khim, Natural Resources/Resilience Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Geneva
James Douris, Scientific Officer, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)