Disaster Risk Reduction Online Dialogue Series: Urbanization and Disaster Risk in LAC

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
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Disaster Risk Reduction Online Dialogue Series

Online Dialogue 1

Urbanization and Disaster Risk in LAC 

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021

(International Day of Peace)

Duration: 90 mins.


Core Topics

  • Urban growth, unsustainable development, and informality
  • Infrastructure, services, and associated disasters in the region
  • Socio-environmental hazards in cities 
  • Climate change and disaster displacement
  • Urban systemic risk and COVID-19
  • Risk-informed, sustainable development: from academic discourse to action
  • Governance and urban management


Rodney Martínez
WMO Representative for North America, Central America, and the Caribbean

Roberto A. Sánchez-Rodríguez
Emeritus Professor 
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of California, Riverside

Juan Pablo Sarmiento
Professor and Associate Director for Research
Florida International University (FIU) Extreme Events Institute

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