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Birkmann presentation at high level event in New York

February 2, 2015;

The German andIndonesion Ambassadors recently invitedProf. Birkmann - together with other authors - to present a current study on topics of urban risk and global risk distribution. The report, also known as theWorldRiskReport, was discussed with diplomats and experts, amongst others from UN-Habitat, subsequently.


Prof. Birkmann in the discussion with the German ambassador Mr Braun (Photo © GermanyUN)

This year’s edition of the WorldRiskReport examines for the first time also levels and dynamics of risk in urban areas. The results show that urbanization is not a driver of risk per se. Rather, urbanization also opens up opportunities for risk reduction in cities and beyond. “Whether extreme events and natural hazards trigger a disaster and crises, is not solely a question of the intensity and frequency of extreme events, but also significantly depends on the vulnerability and preparedness of countries and cities at risk” – says Prof. Joern Birkmann from the University of Stuttgart who is the scientific coordinator of the WorldRiskIndex. “The World Risk Report 2014 and the World Risk Index provide very valuable scientific input into the preparations of several major UN conferences taking place in the course of 2015 and 2016. Their findings and recommendations will directly benefit the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Summit on the Post 2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III)“ - says the Ambassador Harald Braun, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, on the occasion of the presentation of the World Risk Report 2014.


from left to right: Prof. Birkmann (Director IREUS Uni Stuttgart), Prof. Rhyner (Photo: Vice Chancellor UN-University), Ambassador Braun, Mr Mucke (Director BEH), Dr Garschagen (UNU-EHS) (Photo © GermanyUN)


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