Regional launch program for Global Assessment Report in full swing

Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction


A major UN Report was launched on 17 May in the Kingdom of Bahrain – the first time such an event has been held in the Gulf region.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Risk and Poverty in a Changing Climate at an impressive ceremony in the presence of Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, Abdulrahman Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, together with a range of regional and international dignitaries.

A wide ranging series of regional and national launches is now in full swing around the world including: Bali, Indonesia (May 18 with ASEAN and World Bank); Saudi Arabia (19 May); Tokyo (May 22 with the UNU and Government of Japan); Bangkok, Thailand (May 25 with regional offices of UN agencies); Washington DC (May 26 with World Bank, US Government and the Inter-American system); Nepal (27 May); New York (27 May), Geneva UNEP (29 May), London (June 3, with DFID and UK based NGOs); Oslo (June 4 with Government of Norway and Norwegian Geotechnical Institute);Paris (June 8 with UNESCO), Tehran, Iran (8 June); Bonn (11 June), Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva (16-19 June), Peru (29/30 June); Argentina (4 July); and Dushanbe, Tajikistan (7 October).


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