Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Date & Time: Thursday 12 May (09:00 - 10:30)
  • Room: 1


The latest round of negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun established clear commitments on financing and implementing climate change adaptation. Disaster risk reduction was identified as central to this work. Conceptual links between disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and development have already been made, and successful partnerships between climate adaptation authorities and existing national and local mechanisms for disaster risk reduction already exist. However, more needs to be done to strengthen the alliance between climate change and disaster risk reduction. This plenary points to what is available for supporting implementation of the Cancun Adaptation Framework, and signals high-level commitment to harmonize disaster risk and adaption in national policies and in the design and implementation of resilience-building programmes.


Ms. Raghida Dergham, Senior Diplomatic Analyst, Al Hayat News Agency (MODERATOR)
Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (CHAIR)


Ms. Socorro Flores Liera, Minister and Special Advisor for Climate Change, Mexico
Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Parliamentarian, Bangladesh
Mr. Mamadou M. Traore, Secretary General, Mali Red Cross
Mr. Marcelo Luis Ebrard, Mayor of Mexico City, Mexico
Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
Dr. Jack Dangermond, Founder, Environmental Research Institute, United States of America
Mr. Jan Egeland, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway

Last updated: 17 January 2018