Presentation of the World Disaster Report 2014

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Norwegian Embassy and the Austrian Red Cross

Tue, Oct 28 2014

This year's presentation of the World Disasters Report highlights the different ways in which culture affects disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; and how disasters and risk influence culture. It examines why people choose to live in hazard-prone locations, and how culture and beliefs enable them to live with the risks they face. The report looks at the organizational culture of agencies working in the fields of disaster risk reduction and adaptation, and challenges the widespread faith in community-based activities. It also considers culture in relation to housing and reconstruction, and healthcare and medicine. Finally, the report indicates starting points for organizations to better align their actions with the way people think and act. The launch is being co-organised with UNODC under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the IFRC and UNODC in 2011.


The registration will be opened until Thursday 24thth of October. Non‐holders of the VIC passes, please submit your name and organisation by e‐mail to Ms. Emilie Goller (emilie.goller [at] Please bring the attached invitation, together with an appropriate identification document, when you enter the Vienna International Centre, Wagramer Str. 5.

Participation in the event is free of charge.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to interested colleagues.


Terry Cannon: Editor of the World Disasters Report 2014 and Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies (IDS)

Matthias Schmale: Under Secretary General of National Society and Knowledge Development, IFRC

Aldo Lale-Demoz: Director, Division of Operations and Deputy Executive-Director, UNODC.

The event will be moderated by Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen, Norwegian Embassy.

Practical information:

Please note that the event will be held in English only and no translation will be provided. For more information on the World Disasters Report, please visit On 17 October and afterwards, please visit


Vienna International Centre (VIC) C-Building, Conference Room C3