Development: Symposium

Natural Disasters and Trade Symposium

Summary Report

ROOM W, Geneva, WTO Headquarters

Programme

Audio

10:00 – 11:15

Session 1: Surveying losses, hazard and risk from natural disasters

Moderator:

  • Shishir Priyadarshi, Director, Development Division

Introductory Remarks:

  • Simon Farbenbloom, Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, Australia

Speakers:

"Overview of Economic Losses, Poverty & Disasters 1998-2017"

  • Denis McLean, Head of Communications, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

"The impact of disasters on agriculture and food security"

  • Wirya Khim, Natural Resources Officer, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
    presentation

"Current and future disaster risk – a scientific perspective"

  • Tom de Groeve, Deputy Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (by video link)
    presentation

Question and answer session

11:15 – 12:30

Session 2: The economic and trade case for investing in resilience

Moderator:

  • Michael Roberts, Head, Aid for Trade Unit, Development Division

Speakers:

"Using catastrophe risk models to optimize supply chains"

"Making the economic case for investing in risk reduction and resilience"

  • Michael Szoenyi, Programme Lead, Flood Resilience Program, Zurich Insurance Company
    presentation

"The Global Weather Enterprise Supporting Sustainable Development"

  • Dr. David Rogers, Meteorological Consultant, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
    presentation

Question and answer session

12:30 – 13:00

Session 3: Preliminary scoping of issues arising from WTO research

Speaker:

"Preliminary overview of issues arising"

  • Michael Roberts, Head, Aid for-Trade Unit, Development Division, WTO
    presentation

Question and answer session

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