Disasters evermore?

How do we adapt to an ever changing and increasingly uncertain world? And what are the consequences of our growing interconnectedness and interdependence when it comes to risk management? These topics were explored in the symposium ”Disasters Evermore? Past, Present and Future Risk in an Uncertain World”, to raise awareness about global and local disaster risk, the challenges and potential solutions.

The speakers answered questions from the audience and debated important issues concerning risk management.

Professor Mo Hamza, host and moderator of the event, presented the distinguished speakers and started the discussion.

Margareta Wahlström, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, talked about how the international system, particularly the UN, has responded to the changing nature of risk and the degree of progress that so far have been made.

– In order to get the attention of politicians and help prevention of disasters, we need to focus not only on the humanitarian aspect but also the social and economical impact – loss of jobs and destruction of infrastructure, schools and health facilities.

Dan Smith, Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research, pointed out that uncertainty might not necessarily be a bad thing.

– If you took away the “un” in uncertainty – would that make it worse or better? Would past, present and future risk in a certain world really be a safer place?

– I suggest one of the things we have to learn – as individuals, institutions, as a human community – is to understand that uncertainty is also good! Uncertainty means that there are also possibilities. Things are not yet settled!

See the the whole event and listen to the interesting and thought-provoking talks and the discussion that followed:

Text and photo: Catrin Jakobsson

See all the individual presentations from the symposium:

Margareta Wahlström, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Sara Myrdal, Head of EU and International Affairs, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

 

Professor Henrik Tehler, Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University

Professor Emily Boyd, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies

Reader Johan Bergström, Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University

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