Advancing risk science for development safety – 10 years of IRDR

Building a new risk research agenda for 2030 and beyond.

8-10 June 2021


Background and rationale

Disaster frequencies and impacts have started to increase accelerated in the last 2 decades. Since 2019 the world community has witnessed many disasters, such as extensive wildfires, extreme weather events, outbreaks of desert locusts crossing continents and, worst of all, the Covid-19 pandemic, the impacts of which remain unfolding.

The underlying vulnerabilities ingrained in our social, economic and financial systems are documented and becoming increasingly recognized, thereby supporting the call of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) for a more comprehensive, forward looking, multi-hazard and systemic approach to disaster risk reduction and resilience. The need for a new and innovative approach for DRR has become very clear and urgent.

Overall purposes of the Conference

The overall purpose of the 2021 Conference is to reach a renewed consensus on the mission of STEI and put forward a novel proposal on the Global Research Agenda for disaster risk reduction and risk-informed development toward 2030 and beyond.

Main results expected

• The Conference will officially launch the IRDR Compilation 2010-2020, which is the summary of work of IRDR community in the last decade.

• The Conference will adopt the new Global Research Agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction, led by the IRDR Co-sponsors and IRDR Scientific Committee, for submission to ISC Board for consideration.

• Further, the Conference will deliberate on strategies to support the implementation of the Global Research Agenda on DRR, including the possible