2019 Summer Academy on World Risk and Adaptation Futures

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  • DATE / TIME:
    October 7, 2019 - October 10, 2019

    Countries across the world strive for resilience and sustainable development, and want to know how to address climate impacts and allocate their efforts in ways that safeguard their quest for climate resilient sustainable development. Risk practitioners and political decision makers need to consider the expected changes in climatic and social risk factors while trying to assess the level of risk at any particular point of time in future. In this regard, demographic change is one of the core factors shaping future exposure and vulnerability to environmental and climatic hazards.

    Focusing on demographic change, UNU-INRA, UNU-EHS, UNFCCC, LMU and Munich Re Foundation are jointly organizing the “World Risk and Adaptation Futures” Summer Academy from 07 October 2019 to 11 October 2019 in Accra, Ghana. It brings together 30 young and senior professionals and experts active in the field of Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and related fields from across the globe.

    The Opening and Closing panel sessions will be open to the public. To attend, please register your interest here.


    Opening Session Programme:


    10:45 -11:15 Welcome tea

    11:15-11:45 Keynote

    Prof. Benjamin Delali Dovie, Senior Research Fellow & Lead Scientist, IDRC-Canada Cities & Climate Change Project, University of Ghana

    11:45 13:00 Panel Discussion (with Q&A)

    • Dr. Benjamin Delali Dovie, University of Ghana

    • Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen, IPCC lead author, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, Germany

    • Dr. Erich Striessnig, International Institute for Applied System Analysis, Vienna, Austria

    • Dr. Ebenezer F. Amankwaa, Research Fellow, United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)

    Moderator: Dr. Koko Warner, United Nations Secretariat for Climate Change, UNFCCC

    13:00 End of the event


    Our vision helps to frame decisions about how to manage climate impacts, vulnerabilities, and risks in ways tailored to the needs of changing populace. With purposeful and effective ways to bridge knowledge with action, decision makers will be able to preempt human suffering, incorporate climate impacts into planning processes, and put appropriate contingency arrangements into place so vulnerable groups are not left behind.

    Please register your interest through the following link: Register.