DRR Implications of the IPCC AR6 WG-I Report: The Need for Urgent Action

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The climate emergency is the biggest economic, social, and environmental threat facing the planet and humanity today. We are at a crossroads. Impacts of the climate emergency are increasingly affecting all nations and exacerbating inequalities, eroding resilience of countries and communities, affecting our ability to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has launched a webinar series entitled Risk Dialogues 2021 to provide a space to discuss, debate and provide insights into the most pressing climate and disaster risk issues of today.  This webinar focuses on the disaster risk implications of the recently released Sixth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I  which warns us that human-induced climate change is leading to weather and climate extremes in every region. This, in turn, is driving up risks and   pointing to an urgent need to accelerate action to avert climate related disaster risks, through fast-tracked implementation of the Sendai Framework.     

The webinar will:

  • Unpack the key findings from the IPCC report  
  • Explore the report’s implications on the changing nature of disaster risk.
  • Identify projected humanitarian, social and economic consequences
  • Provide regional and national perspectives
  • Recommend DRR actions to accelerate in the face of a rapidly changing climate


Time: 12:00 – 13:00 CET

Moderator: Loretta Hieber Girardet, Chief, Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Capacity-Development Branch

 03 mins Welcome and introductions
 30 mins Panel Discussion:
  1. What do the latest findings mean for our understanding of disaster risk?
    • Alex Ruane, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies [IPCC Coordinating Lead Author and GRAF Expert Committee Member]
  2. What are the report’s projected human and economic consequences?
    • Maarten van Aalst, Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre [IPCC Coordinating Lead Author]
  3. What do the IPCC WG-I findings mean at the regional, national and local levels? What actions are urgent?
    • Prof Rajib Shaw, Keio University [IPCC Coordinating Lead Author, Asia]
    • Leah Wanambwa Naess, Senior Policy Officer, African Union Commission
    • Claudia Lucia Castillo Giraldo, Fundacion Azimuth, Columbia
 20 mins Discussion / Q&A
 05 mins Closing
UNDRR key messages and recommendations to accelerate climate action



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