Développement: Symposium

Symposium sur le commerce et les catastrophes naturelles

Salle D, Genève, au siège de l’OMC

Summary report


Many Governments across the world are facing an increasing burden of economic losses and dislocation caused by natural disasters. Within an interlinked global economy, local events quickly become regional and global shocks. Ensuring that economic systems are robust enough to withstand hazards and risks, both predictable and unforeseen, will help better deliver the 2030 Agenda and support implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The aim of the Fourth Symposium on Natural Disasters and Trade is twofold:



10:00 - 11:00

Session 1: Taking resilience forward - engaging the trade community in disaster risk reduction

Welcome remarks

  • Shishir Priyadarshi, Director, Development Division, WTO

Presentation of research:

  • Michael Roberts, Head, Aid for Trade Unit, Development Division, WTO
  • Ankai Xu, Research Economist, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO
  • Giovanna Adinolfi, Professor of International Law, University of Milan

11:00 - 12:00

Session 2: Comment from discussants


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

Comments and reactions:

  • Vyara Filipova, Technical Attaché, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, World Customs Organization
  • Pierre Sauvé, Senior Trade Specialist, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • Irina Zodrow, Head, Partnerships Unit, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

12:00 - 13:00

Session 3: Comments from Members


  • Shishir Priyadarshi, Director, Development Division, WTO

This segment of the agenda provides an opportunity for Members to offer remarks and to pose questions on the research.



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