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Reducing Disaster Risks to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

12 October 2017 - 13 October 2017
Reducing Disaster Risks to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

10th edition of the UN Geneva Seminar Series

Library Event Room
Palais des Nations, Geneva

12 - 13 October 2017

Disasters undermine economic growth and social progress: one catastrophic event, such as the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, can destroy people’s lives and livelihoods, obliterate infrastructure and set development back for decades. The seminar will explore critical interdependence between the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advocate for a risk-informed and resilient 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Format: The seminar is composed of a series of conferences, panel discussions, case studies, followed by debates with the participants from the United Nations agencies, academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

Target audience: This seminar is open to university professors, students and researchers.

Language: The conferences and panel discussions will be held in English and in French. There will be no official translation, therefore the participants are requested to have a working knowledge of both languages.

Plan Asia. Children take part in mangrove restoration project in Camotes Islands, Philippines.
Group of children in Camotes visit the mangrove plantation to spot dead plants and replace them with live ones. Families depend on fishing to provide a source of food and income. However, fish stocks are in decline because their mangrove habitat is being destroyed.

Introduction by:

Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UNISDR


Hazards, Risks and Vulnerability
  • Understanding Disaster Risks
  • Exposure and Vulnerability: reducing socio-economic costs of disasters
  • The Human Costs of Disasters: the slow-onset disasters, conflict and population movement

Disaster Risk Management as Development
  • The Sendai Framework: making the difference for poverty, health and resilience
  • Building back better, and safer: challenges and complexity of post-disaster recovery

Building Resilience, Reducing Vulnerability
  • Building the resilience: implementing the Sendai Framework to fulfil the potential of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Earthquake interactive session with virtual headsets



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