Second Successful Risk and Uncertainty Lecture
On 25 February 2011 UNU-EHS and the Center for Development Research (ZEF) organized the second Risk and Uncertainty Lecture with the topic "Risk and Uncertainty: Responding to vulnerability from the perspective of a global Humanitarian Organization". Speaker of the well attended session, chaired by Dr Fabrice Renaud (UNU-EHS), was Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief of Policy Development and Studies Branch, UN-OCHA.
In this seminar series we will address opportunities, risks and
uncertainties for development. Uncertainty, i.e. the unknown unknowns,
is a particular challenge. Risk and uncertainty have become a focal
topic among development researchers, policymakers and practitioners as
worldwide, economy and ecology have been assailed by a series of global
crises: financial crisis, high and volatile food and oil price and/or
climate change. These crises present threats to development and to the
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The
understanding, mitigating and controlling of risk and uncertainty is far
from being understood. The seminar series will be a forum for agenda
setting and discussion on related themes with leading experts in this
field of research and policy.