4th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2012 "Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society"

IDRC Davos 2012 Brochure

Organized by the Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos, this biennial conference will be held, as a global gathering to promote the integral risk management approach – across subject areas, professions, and sectors – encompassing scientific understanding with business, policy responses, the media and citizen participation, encouraging stronger ties with adequate public-private partnership models and devising approaches for moving towards a more truly integrated way of thinking about disaster and risks. This conference and the workshops intent to provide solutions for effective and efficient global disaster and risk management and for climate change adaptation, which needs the involvement of all stakeholders of the public and the private sector.
GRF Davos promotes the integral risk management approach through the International Disaster and Risk Conference, a biennial conference on disaster and risk reduction and climate change adaptation. This conference will combine a multi-hazard approach encompassing all categories of hazards and risks – natural and human induced - with a multidisciplinary approach that is consonant with UNESCO’s current mandate and role in the field of disaster preparedness and mitigation. Operating at the interface between education, science, the social sciences, culture and communication, UNESCO has a vital role to play in constructing a global culture of disaster risk reduction.

During the conference, UNESCO will organize two sessions:

- “Education for disaster risk reduction” on Monday, 27 August
This session will discuss different approaches to disaster risk reduction through education and present recent research, case studies as well as guidance instruments on the issue. These include a) a study, commissioned by UNESCO and UNICEF, which researched present key national experiences in the integration of disaster risk reduction in the curriculum, identifying good practice, pointing out issues addressed and those still lacking in the curriculum, and reviewing learning outcomes. b) A schools safety baseline report recently developed by the ISDR Thematic Platform for Knowledge and Education revisits existing reports about all aspects of school safety, gathered from 80 countries, and refers to the key advocacy and guidance documents for school safety of the past 7 years to develop an analysis that reflects the best practices in achieving the goals of comprehensive school safety, and current concerns and recommendations of advocates and practitioners. c) A technical guidance instrument, currently developed by UNESCO and UNICEF, will provide policy-makers and curriculum developers in governments, NGOs and UN agencies with guidance on how to effectively integrate DRR.

- “Water security: responses to local, regional, and global challenges” on Tuesday, 28 August
This session aims to explore on how a new paradigm towards an adaptive management can be developed to address water security issues.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 26.08.2012 08:00 local time
End 30.08.2012 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Rouhban, Badaoui
Organizer Global Risk Forum Davos
Contact b.rouhban@unesco.org
Country Switzerland
City Davos
Venue Congress Center Davos
Street Davos Platz
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 1000
Official Website Conference Website
Link 1 Video - Message Mr. Badaoui Rouhban, Director, Unit for Natural Disasters
Link 2 Disaster preparedness and mitigation
Link 3 Education for disaster risk reduction
Link 4 International Hydrological Programme