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Public symposium: "Cities: Drivers of development - drivers of risk?"

Being a special event of the ICLEI 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation (12-15 May 2012, Bonn), the 11th Bonn Dialogues event will address drivers of development and risk as well as potential disaster risk management strategies towards natural hazards in urban areas with a special focus on flooding.

Panel discussion

The panellists will address the following questions:

  • What are drivers for development and risk?

  • Will it be possible to avoid a further increase of disaster risk?

  • What are the main effects of upcoming global changes on development and risk?

  • Is there a blueprint for resilient city development?

  • Are changes in severity and frequency of extreme events a major driver of risk or do vulnerability factors, such as informal settlements, play a more important role in this context?

  • Compared to other hazards, why is the role of urban flooding so important in this context?

  • What are best practice disaster risk management strategies for urban flooding?

  • What are important constraints of existing approaches?

  • How should guidelines for vulnerability assessment of different social groups and critical infrastructures be designed?


Moderation: Anke Rasper, Deutsche Welle

About Bonn Dialogues series

The Bonn Dialogues Series on Global Environmental Change is a forum for discussing substantive issues related to anthropogenic drivers and consequences. The series is held twice a year since 2007 and addresses topics such as climate, water, energy, migration and food through an interdisciplinary approach. It is jointly organized by the United Nations University (UNU) Bonn and the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) in partnership with the City of Bonn. Furthermore, Bonn Dialogues is supported by the Deutsche Welle, the European Union and the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Date & venue

Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 7 p.m.

Deutsche Welle

Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3

53113 Bonn


Please register by 11 May 2012 at .


11th Bonn Dialogues: Concept Note

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