Tuesday 14 January 17:00 - 18:00

Christopher Ingold Building, Room G21 Ramsay Lecture Theatre
20 Gordon Street

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UCL IRDR Special Seminar: Changing Risk in a Changing World

Business & Professional

`The UN's Ms Mami Mizutori will explore the fast-changing landscape of disaster risk, the challenges, and how we can risk-proof our future

The world is changing: rapidly, and in ways that we cannot predict. Change doesnโ€™t happen in silos or straight lines. The interactions between climate change, ecosystem fragility, disease outbreaks, rapid urbanisation, mass displacement, geo political instability, fuelled by the interconnectivity of communications, trade, financial systems and politics mean risk is growing and risk is changing. Every day. The choices we make today โ€“ as people, communities and countries โ€“ are creating new, emerging and larger risks, setting up feedback loops with cascading consequences.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) works on the interface of disaster risk, guided by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015โ€“2030, working to reduce disaster risk and losses to ensure a safer, sustainable future. The UN Secretary-Generalโ€™s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms Mami Mizutori, will explore the fast-changing landscape of disaster risk, the challenges this throws up, and what we should be doing now to risk-proof our future.

The seminar will be followed by a reception.

About the speaker

Mami Mizutori is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, based in Geneva. She assumed her role on 1 March 2018. The role of the UNDRR is to support countries and stakeholders in the implementation of the Sendai Framework. The Special Representative ensures the strategic and operational coherence between disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development agendas as well as the linkage with the UN Secretary-Generalโ€™s prevention agenda and with humanitarian action. Ms. Mizutori served for 27 years in various capacities in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Mizutori was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia. Ms. Mizutori graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain.

Please note: IRDR Masters students do not require a ticket to this event.


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