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Côte d'Ivoire

Understanding Risk West and Central Africa

Organizer(s) World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the (GFDRR) ACP-EU Natural Disaster Facility Understanding Risk
In person
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The Regional Conference Understanding Risk (UR) West and Central Africa – “Human Capital and Innovation for a Resilient Society”  will be held from 20 to 22 November 2019 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast). The conference will alternate technical workshops, plenary sessions, feedback and exchange between participants on the crucial challenge of understanding the risks of natural disasters in West and Central Africa. Exhibitions and cultural events will also allow participants to view resilience from a different perspective. Topics will include the use of risk information for urban and financial resilience, digital technologies for a better understanding of flood and erosion risks, nature based solution for risk reduction, risk communication through art, or the participation of local communities and entrepreneurs for a resilient society, and many other exciting topics.

The day of Friday November 22 will be jointly organized with the “State of The Map Africa 2019” Conference, a flagship event in Africa that will bring together 300 innovators in mapping, and will offer the participants the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the heart of latest open and participatory mapping technologies and the OpenStreetMap community.

Understanding Risk (UR) is a community of experts and stakeholders from around the world in the field of risk management and risk prevention – including risk assessment, and communication – including members of government agencies, multilateral organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, academics, local community organizations and civil society.

The members of this community share knowledge and experiences, collaborate and discuss innovations and good practices in the field of risk prevention. Every two years, a world conference is organized; it took place in London, Cape Town, Washington DC and Mexico City. In 2020, the next world conference will be held in Singapore. Between these biennial meetings, regional or national “UR” Conferences are organized to boost local initiatives and build capacity in the area of ​​risk management.

With financial support from the European Union (EU) in the framework of the ACP-EU Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program, managed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

A carbon neutral event

UR West and Central Africa strives to be a carbon neutral event and will offset all carbon associated with the production of the event thanks to our partnership with Climate Neutral Now , the United Nations Carbon Offset Platform. We encourage all attendees to offset your travel emission as well. Calculate your air travel-related CO2 emissions through ICAO’s calculator and learn how to offset your emissions here.


For your convenience, block reservations, subject to availability, with special rates have been made at the Novotel, Pullman and Sofitel.

Contact: Diane Chrystelle SOUMAHORO
tel. : +225 20 31 80 11
Special rate for a single Standard room with a double bed: XOF 105,000.00

Contact: Maférima KAMAGATE
tel. +225 20 30 20 35
Special rate for a single Superior room, king size bed, city view: XOF 115,000.00

Contact: Yasmina LIMAM
Tel. : +225 22 48 26 26
Special rate for a single Classic room: XOF 121,500.00


In the meantime, if you have questions or want to be associated with this event, you can contact:

UR West and Central Africa Organizing Team
Vivien Deparday 
Lorenzo Carrera


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