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Upcoming Events

Disasters are costly, both to lives and livelihoods. COP26 also confirmed that the climate crisis, which is resulting in a higher frequency and severity of disasters, must be urgently addressed. Given the priority the World Bank Group and IDA have placed on emergency preparedness, resilient recovery, and climate change adaptation, GFDRR Partnership Days will be a timely event to affirm the World Bank and GFDRR’s progress on managing disaster risks, and that together with client countries and their partners, the World Bank Group will continue to seek better, tailored, and sustainable solutions.  


Chair and Opening Remarks

Sameh Wahba, Global Director, World Bank's Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice

Niels Holm-Nielsen, Practice Manager, GFDRR

Sarah Charles, Assistant to the Administrator of USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) and GFDRR Co-Chair (TBC)


Featured Speakers

David Malpass, President, World Bank Group 

Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank (TBC)

Juergen Voegele, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank (TBC)

Anna Wellenstein, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank's Sustainable Development Practice Group

Louise Cord, Global Director for Social Sustainability and Inclusion, World Bank's Sustainable Development Practice Group (TBC)

Soukeyna Kane, Global Director, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, World Bank (TBC)

Past Events

Please join us for the 1st session of 2022 Cities on the Frontline, jointly organized by Resilient Cities Network & the World Bank. This session will be co-moderated by Lauren Sorkin, R-Cities Executive Director, and Sameh Wahba, Global Director for the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice at the World Bank. We will welcome Mami Mizutori, Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDRR, Dagmar Vogel, Head of Infrastructure Financing Division, SECO, Anthea Stephens, Climate & Sustainability Component Lead, Cities Support Programme, National Treasury of South Africa, Joni Baboci, former General Director of Planning and Urban Development, City of Tirana, and Silva Magaia, Superintendent of Territorial Planning, Urbanization & Environment, Municipal Council of Maputo.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing log-in info and a calendar detail that can be added to your system. Missed a session? For access to the previous sessions' materials, visit our Speaker Series webpage for full access to the presentations & recordings:

For questions about the Speaker's Series or additional registration requests, please send an email to our team at

Bringing together practitioners in the creation, communication and use of disaster risk information.

The third annual South Asia Hydromet Forum (SAHF III) on November 15-18, 2021, will examine how pooling data, resources, and information can improve weather and climate services as the region adapts to climate change. The event is organized by the World Bank, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia, and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, with support from the European Union, World Meteorological Organization, and UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The event will provide an inside look at our new catalogue of NBS for urban resilience.

On the occasion of the 2021 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, a discussion on how the World Bank Group can work with countries, local governments, and other partners to support cities in making affordable, green, and resilient housing available for all.  By Invitation only.

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Join us to hear how for over a decade, the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific-European Union Natural Disaster Risk Reduction (ACP-EU NDRR) Program has helped build resilience to natural hazards across the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions, through regional, country and local-level activities.
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:
This event is co-organized by the European Union (EU), the Organization for African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

Mark your calendars for the virtual launch event to collectively celebrate the monumental accomplishment and availability of the International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management. The event will be live-streamed on YouTube – integrating a live host with recorded guest speakers, imagery from the document, a keynote address, and a live web-ex panel.

The development of the guidelines was initiated and led by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as a part of its Engineering With Nature® (EWN) Initiative, with the support of GFDRR and the World Bank.

The DC Office of International French Business Delegation (MEDEF) invites you to participate in its next expert webinar on the sustainable infrastructure sector and disaster risk management, on Thursday, September 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (DC time). This session will feature Frederico PEDROSO, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, GFDRR, and his teams; and will be chaired by Gérard WOLF, president of the Sustainable Cities task force and president of BRICS Access.

The webinar will provide an overview of the current strategy and projects of the World Bank Group in the disaster risk management sector, as well as an overview of case studies, technological solutions, and field feedback from French companies in this domain. Finally, the event aims to discuss the opportunities and possible obstacles encountered in the field by actors of the French private sector.