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Launch of The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, Kingdom of Bahrain, 17-18 May, 2009

The United Nations is launching the first global report uncovering how disaster risk is intensively concentrated in a very small portion of the earth's surface and unevenly distributed. Based on more than 30 years of disaster data, the report highlights three main risk drivers that will be magnified by climate change and proposes 20 recommendations to help make the world safer.

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction will be unveiled in the Kingdom of Bahrain on 17-18 May by Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary-General at the Ritz - Carlton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain at a ceremony hosted by the Bahrain Government in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain and Abdulrahman Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Media are invited to the launch ceremony in Manama and to the press conference scheduled at 1 pm (tbc) on 17 May.

For any media request on the event or the report please contact:

In Bahrain
Brigitte Leoni (UNDRR Geneva) at leonib@un.org. Tel: + 41 79444 52 62 (mob)

UNIC Bahrain
Nejib Friji (UNIC Bahrain) at friiji@un.org
Tel +913 17 311 676 or +973 39 772 197

Ms. Lorelie Aumann, Admin. Assistant (UNIC, Bahrain)
lori_aumann@yahoo.com, lorelie.aumann@undp.org
Tel +973 17 311 676/319 444 or 973 39146846 (mob)

In Geneva
Charles Evans (UNDRR) at evansc@un.org. Tel: +41 22 917 8885

Report's coverage Interviews with the report's authors are available upon request.

Media Accreditation

Media Advisory

Event Agenda

Press Kit

Press Releases

Disaster Uncovered: Shedding new light on the causes and consequences of catastrophe
[English] - [Arabic] - [Spanish] - [French]

Gulf States highly committed to reduce disaster risk

Anticipated increase in natural hazards requires strong commitment to early warnings and risk management - WMO

Main Message

Main message of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction
[English] - [Spanish]

OpEd Signed By Margareta Wahlström:

Margareta Wahlström is the United Nations' Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Special Representative of the Secretary General for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.
[Arabic] - [English] - [French] - [Spanish]

Multimedia Products

A 10 minute Broll and a Video News release are available via EBU and UNTV New York , Please contact:
Eurovision at evn@eurovision.net
or Paula Paula Harrington, UNifeed, UN Department of Public Information, tel: 212-963-7458 harringtonp@un.org

A 10 minute trailer will be available on UNDRR Youtube page as from 17 May 2009

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Media activities for the regional launches

For the media activities of the regional launches please revert to the UNDRR regional offices or Irina Zodrow at Zodrow@un.org who will give you more infromation.