ADN Special Sessions

The ADN’s First Special Session, Let’s Talk About Avoidable Deaths: Views from Multiple Perspectives was launched at the ‘International Conference on Geographical Science for Resilient Communities, Ecosystems and Livelihoods under Global Environmental Change’ (G.O.R.I.L.L.A) on 4 December 2020 in collaboration with Makerere University, Uganda. Please click here for more information and to listen to the recording of this Special Session.

In 2021, the ADN will organise several Special Sessions all around the world (please see them below). If you would like to see who were our past speakers for previous Special Sessions, please click here.

The aims of these Special Sessions are:

  1. To raise awareness on the concept of avoidable deaths by engaging with multi-disciplinary experts and researchers;
  2. To explore the multi-disciplinary appeal and application of avoidable deaths caused by the natural world (e.g. snake bites) and human-made systems (e.g. premature deaths and maternal deaths during disasters);
  3. To raise awareness on the first two global targets of the UN’s ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’, which are geared towards reducing disaster deaths and the number of people affected by disasters by 2030;
  4. To identify the challenges and opportunities of reducing disaster deaths through the concept of avoidable deaths; and
  5. To promote state and non-state collaborations through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation to advance the agenda of avoidable deaths in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially for Targets 1.5, 3.8, 11.5 and 13.1.

ADN’s Upcoming Special Sessions

26 April 2021: Good Practices in Disaster Risk Governance. This Session will be held at 6.30 AM GMT. The speakers are Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Prof. Michael Petterson and Mr Mihir Bhatt. This is an open Session facilitated by Doers, Himachal Pradesh, India.


7 May 2021: Let’s Talk About Silent Deaths. This Session will be held at 11 AM GMT. The speakers are to be confirmed.


ADN’s Past Special Sessions:

5 February 2021: Responding to Domestic Fires and Coastal Flooding: Lessons from UK, India and Cambodia. This Session will be held at 11 AM GMT. The speakers are Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Mr David Wales, Dr Amaka Adekoya and Mrs Denise Corsel. This is a closed Session facilitated by Disaster Alert for the Nigeria Red Cross, the Nigerian Fire Service and the National Emergency Management Agency. To download the flyer for this event, please click here. To watch the recording of this session, please click here.


4 March 2021: Disaster Risk Management – Discourses from Asia and Latin America. This Session will be held at 9.30 AM GMT. The speakers are Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita, Dr Holmes Páez and Dr Richard Kotter. This is a closed Session facilitated by the University of Management and Technology, Pakistan for the Center for Disaster Management. To download the flyer for this event, please click here