The Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) jointly organize a seminar series on Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development.
Next lecture of the joint lecture series:
“Risk and Uncertainty: Responding to vulnerability from the perspective of a global Humanitarian Organization”
Speaker: Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief of Policy Development and Studies Branch, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA)
Chair: UNU-EHS Head of Section Fabrice Renaud
Time: Friday, February 25 2011, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Place: ZEF (ground floor conference room)
In this seminar series we will address opportunities, risks and uncertainties for development. Uncertainty, i.e. the unknown unknowns, is a particular challenge. Risk and uncertainty have become a focal topic among development researchers, policy makers and practitioners as worldwide, economy and ecology have been assailed by a series of global crises: financial crisis, high and volatile food and oil price, and/or climate change. These crises present threats to development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The understanding, mitigating and controlling of risk and uncertainty is far from being understood. The seminar series will be a forum for agenda setting and discussion on related themes with leading experts in this field of research and policy.