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17:00 - 18:00 30 April 2014

The road to a safer world from natural hazards - can science impact on policy and practice?


Lecture theatre G22 | Pearson Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

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Virginia Murray, recently appointed as Honorary Professor in UCL Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, is head of extreme events and health protection at Public Health England.

Virginia Murray will look at the policy and practice of natural hazard policy. The need to take concrete measures to tackle risk drivers including poverty, hunger, disease, conflict, violence and inadequate health services, education, infrastructure, poor water and sanitation, housing, unemployment, land degradation, displacement, forced migration and discrimination was identified at the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - a 10-year plan to make the world safer from natural hazards. This was endorsed by the UN General Assembly in the following the 2005 World Disaster Reduction Conference in Kobe 2005. The dynamic and multidimensional aspects of risk was noted and these require holistic and comparable methodologies for risk assessment to enable, science-based decision-making and identification of development opportunities.


Oli Usher
+44 (0)20 7679 7964 | o.usher@ucl.ac.uk


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