Webinar: The COVID-19 pandemic and the systemic nature of risk

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
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The series of eight (8) articles on “The COVID-19 pandemic and the systemic nature of risk” is intended not as a conclusive set of answers or solutions, but rather as a preliminary exploration and exposing of the challenges and questions that we are faced with in better understanding the systemic nature of risks and the possibilities afforded by new approaches and new concepts of risks. What we argue will be the central challenge of the first half of the 21st century.

Now is a time for heightened global urgency, and the need for ambitious collective action to better understand the systemic nature of risk, to build resilience and achieve sustainable, regenerative development has never been greater. We are fast approaching the point where we may not be able to mitigate or repair impacts from realized cascading and systemic risks, particularly those due to climate and ecological change, and right now from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The urgency is evident. It demands of all of us much greater ambition, and action that is proportionate to the scale of the threat. Not what is convenient, what is necessary. It is our choices that matter. This is at the heart of the exploration of ideas and questions across the series of articles that we are seeking to engage on in this webinar. The co-authors of the series, Marc Gordon (UNDRR, Head of Global Risk Analysis and Reporting) and Scott Williams (GRAF Expert Group Member and Co-Chair of the GRAF Working Group on Fostering Systems Thinking) will co-host this webinar.


This webinar is the first in a series of webinars on the COVID-19 pandemic and the systemic nature of risk organized by UNDRR Headquarters. This webinar is mainly for people located in Europe, Africa, the Arab States and the Asia and Pacific regions. The webinar will take place at 8:00 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+01:00), on 29th April.

A second webinar will take place at 15:00 (UTC+01:00) on 1st May, 2020 to include people located in the Americas and the Caribbean. 

We aim to use these webinars to engage in 60 minutes with interested people from across the world on the series of eight (8) articles on the COVID-19 pandemic and the systemic nature of risk that were published on Prevention Web between 7 April 2020 and 17 April 2020.

Disclaimer:  For the purpose of this event, UNDRR procures the services of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., an external service provider. Registration for this webinar is supported by the Zoom registration mechanism and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities.
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