International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, IDDRR, began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
The first IDDRR international seminar 2021 is an online event, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, and will focus on disaster mechanisms and risk governance. The speaker list includes Miriam Cullen, Copenhagen University, whose research examines the connections between law and governance, and people displaced for climate-related reasons, and Virginie Le Masson, University College London, researching gender inequalities and violence-related risks in places affected by environmental changes and disasters.
– 2020/2021 with the Covid-19 pandemic as well as volcanic eruptions, wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes in various regions on the earth reminds us that human society, despite scientific advances and technological progress, is not free of being exposed to disasters, says Yiting Cai, PhD Student at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers. She is part of the organizing committee together with colleagues Rüdiger Haas and Maxime Mouyen, all at the division of Geoscience and Remote Sensing.
– The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR), is thus a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and to recall our exposure to various natural hazards, i.e. what we know about them and how we can mitigate their impact on human populations because e.g. earthquakes or floods will keep happening.
How come Chalmers is hosting this event?
– According to the UN Agenda 2030 goals, disaster risk reduction is crucial for the sustainable development of human society, and sustainability is an important ingredient of Chalmers' vision, goals, and strategies.
What is your expectations on the IDDRR seminar?
– For this year's IDDRR Chalmers edition we will hear from specialists about threats and risks related to water, climate, environment, and earthquakes and get an overview of the new challenges and risk-mitigating methods in these fields. We expect this seminar will promote risk awareness and trigger research questions on disaster reduction among the audience.