In early May 2008, the deaths of approximately 140,000 people in the Myanmar cyclone and the collapse of more than five million buildings, followed by damage to 21 million more structures in the China's Sichuan earthquake just ten days later, were stark reminders that disaster risk associated with tropical cyclones, floods, earthquakes, droughts and other natural hazards are constant threats to our modern society, rich or poor.
The United Nations is launching a First Global Report that identifies increasing disaster risk factors and recommends 20 disaster risk reduction actions that will reduce poverty, safeguard development and adapt to climate change, with beneficial effects on broader global security, stability and sustainability.
The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction will be launched for the first time internationally in Bahrain on 17-18 May at the Ritz -Carlton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain in presence of Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General and Abdulrahman Al Attiyah, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Princess Haya bint Al Hussein.
Media are invited to the launch ceremony on the 17 May 2009 and to attend the press conference at 13:00 (tbc).
Media representatives are asked to report to the registration desk at the meeting venue between 08:00 and 09:20 on 17th May 2009 for the opening ceremony or 30 minutes before the press conference at 13:00 (tbc).
Date: 17 May 2009
Time: 13:00 (tbc)
Venue: The Ritz - Carlton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain
Mr Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
Ms Margareta Wahlstrom, UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR in Geneva, Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General WMO and Mr. Andrew Maskrey, the Lead author of the UN report will be also take questions put to them.
A press pack will be available upon request from 13 May 2009 and under embargo till 17 May. A B-roll, Video news release will be available for TV broadcasters a couple of days before the event in Arabic, French, Spanish and English
For further information and media assistance, please contact:
UNIC Bahrain Ms. Lorelie Aumann, Admin. Assistant (UNIC, Bahrain)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +973 17311676 / 319444 or +973 3916846 (mob) ; Fax +973 17311692.
Brigitte Leoni (UNISDR Geneva)
Tel: +41 229178897 or +41 794445262 or
Nejib Friji (UNIC Bahrain)
Tel: +973 17311676 / 319441 or +973 39772197 (mob)