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Former Under Secretary General Sir John Holmes Confirmed to Speak


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Over half the global population live in poorly planned urban areas, where fast expansion increases their exposure to natural hazards.  This conference covers disaster prevention, preparedness and response best practice across all levels.

Urban risks: moving from humanitarian responses to disaster prevention

Monday 22 to Thursday 25 November 2010 (WP1059)

The theme incorporates recent experience of natural disasters (including the Haiti earthquake, Chile, Padang Indonesia and large scale floods in Manila, Jakarta, Rio de Janeiro, Hanoi, Vientiane and China).

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This conference provides an international forum that will share key lessons, and identify ways of improving humanitarian responses. Plus sustainable disaster risk reduction measures.

Confirmed speakers include Sir John Holmes, former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordination), sharing his  reflections after dinner.

Other first day presentations are by:

  • Yasemin Aysan (former Under-Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent)
  • Apurva Sanghi (World Bank)
  • Dr Bhichit Rattakul (Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre)
  • George Deikun (UN-Habitat)

Participants are welcome with current expertise or an active interest in the topic. A broad spread of nationalities and institutions are represented.

Limited places remain available; please contact Wendy Head with any enquiries.


Further Information

Conference on Urban risks: moving from humanitarian responses to disaster prevention