Event Summary

Registration is now open for the 2019 Understanding Risk (UR) Caribbean Conference!

Slated for May 27 – June 1 in Barbados, UR Caribbean will bring together representatives of government ministries and national disaster management agencies, disaster risk management practitioners, urban planners, insurance industry stakeholders, private sector organizations, academia, multilateral development banks, regional partners and donors to:

  • Identify gaps and needs that exist in disaster risk information
  • Obtain in-depth training in areas such as fiscal resilience, coastal protection, risk analytics & more
  • Share knowledge and best practices from analyses, studies, projects and business practices
  • Experience innovations from global partners that can facilitate disaster risk management processes

UR Caribbean is organized by the World Bank’s Caribbean Disaster Risk Management team, in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union (EU), and will be hosted by the Government of Barbados.

Event Details

Core themes include:

Risk analytics and communication | Physical resilience | Fiscal resilience | Urban resilience | Coastal protection | Hydromet and early warning systems | Community engagement and emergency preparedness

Registration is open and free, but interested persons must register in order to attend.

Click here to register!


UR Caribbean will be held at the University of the West Indies – Cave Hill Campus’ Errol Barrow Center for Creative Imagination.


Official UR Caribbean Conference hotels will be available shortly. Please note that shuttles will run to and from these hotels only. Both hotels are located on the island’s South Coast – one of the main tourist hubs which provides easy access to beautiful beaches, as well as a plethora of restaurants and activities.

More logistical information will be provided closer to the start of the conference.


UR Caribbean - Partnership Packages Now Available!

Interested in supporting the Caribbean in addressing its disaster risk and improving its resilience to natural hazards? Get involved by becoming an official UR Caribbean Partner! Find more details and the full range of sponsorship opportunities for your organization here.


UR Caribbean - Call for Proposals Closed!

Our application portal is now closed. Many thanks to those who have made submissions! The team will be in touch following selections from our review panel.


What is Understanding Risk?

UR is a global community of 8,000+ experts and practitioners active in the creation, communication, and use of disaster risk information. Members share knowledge and experience, collaborate, and discuss innovations and best practice in risk assessment. The community convenes every two years at UR Forums – five-day events that highlight groundbreaking work, facilitate nontraditional partnerships, and showcase new technical know-how in disaster risk identification. Past global forums were held in LondonCape TownVeniceWashington D.C. and Mexico City. In the interim, regional conferences are also held to galvanize localized efforts and build regional capacity in the area of disaster risk assessment. Regional events in 2018 were held in the Balkans and the Pacific Islands.

If you have any questions, please email URCaribbean@understandrisk.org.