UR 2012, held in Cape Town, July 2-6, convened 500 risk assessment experts from more than 86 countries, underscoring the importance of integrating disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) as a core element of development. Organized in partnership with the Government of South Africa and the European Union (EU), UR 2012 showcased new tools for decision–makers, strengthened regional and global partnerships, and built technical capacity in the Africa region through a series of training events.