Past Events

26 October 2020 – Launch of State of the Climate in Africa 2019 Report

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in collaboration with UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Union Commission (AUC), and other partners have completed the production of an inaugural report entitled “State of the Climate in Africa, 2019”. The report is a multi-agency effort to create a snapshot of climate trends, extreme weather, and associated risks and impacts in key sensitive sectors in Africa.
This report will be launched on the 26th of October 2020, 2:00-4:00pm CEST.
The link to join the event is: There will be both French and Arabic interpretation.
To register for the launch, complete the registration form at:

20 – 22 October 2020 – Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2020 (ACDR2020) on ‘Can We Adopt to the New Normal? – Approaches from Asia’

The ACDR2020 will share the situations of the member countries and discuss future actions to be taken by focusing on two themes: 1) DRR Measures and Challenges to the Intensifying Disaster Risks; and 2) Disaster Preparedness and Response Measures Amidst COVID-19.

12 October 2020 – ADN’s Global Webinar on Disaster Risk Governance

ADN held a Global Webinar on the topic of Disaster Risk Governance on 12 October 2020, the eve of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Speakers from UNDP, African Union, International Planned Parenthood Federation South Asia Region Office, as well as academics and practitioners from South Asia, South-East Asia, US and Caribbean Regions, shared fresh perspectives from their research and practices on disaster risk governance, identify the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for the Sendai Framework’s Global Target E, at the interface with Target A (reducing disaster deaths). This webinar lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes and began at 12:00 PM (GMT+1). For more information on the event, click here.

27 May 2020 – Launch of the ADN – Uganda Office and the National Workshop in Uganda

On 27 May 2020, the official launch of the ADN – Uganda office will be held. Additionally, a national workshop will be held with key stakeholders in Bangladesh to identify research themes and other activities for the ADN – Uganda office.


9 April 2020 – UNDRR’s Webinar on ‘Reducing COVID-19 Vulnerability Amongst Displaced Populations and Migrants’

UNDRR is holding a webinar titled ‘Reducing COVID-19 Vulnerability Amongst Displaced Populations and Migrants’. This webinar will last 60 minutes and will start at 2:00 PM Thursday 9 April (Bangkok time). This webinar is the second in a series of webinars on COVID-19 organized by UNDRR Asia-Pacific. Register for the webinar by clicking here.

9 April 2020 –  Launch of the ADN – Bangladesh Office and the ADN’s National Workshop in Bangladesh

On 9 April 2020, the official launch of the ADN – Bangladesh office will be held. Additionally, a national workshop will be held with key stakeholders in Bangladesh to identify research themes and other activities for the ADN – Bangladesh office. This workshop in Bangladesh has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The India Roundtable Discussion will still take plan on 29 and 30 March 2020.

29-30 March 2020 – ADN’s National Workshop and Roundtable Discussion in India

On 29-30 March, the ADN will hold a national workshop in India with the ADN – India office. The purpose of this workshop will be to engage with key stakeholders to launch the research themes and other activities for the ADN – India office.

13-14 January 2020 – ICDEM 2020 Conference

The ICDEM 2020: International Conference on Disaster and Emergency Management will be held on 13-14 January 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information, please click here.

7 November 2019 – Reproductive Health in Disasters – ESRC Festival of Social Science

On Thursday, 7 November 2019, the event on REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN DISASTERS, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, will be held  from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. The location of the event is in the Engineering Lecture Theatre 2 at the University of Leicester. ADN’s President, Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett will be holding the event. It is free and open to all to attend. For more information, please see the flyer on the right or contact us.

17 May 2019 – The ADN at the 2019 Global Platform for DRR in Geneva- Putting the Sendai Framework’s Global Target One into Action

On Friday, the 17th of May at 2pm, our co-President, Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett, will present on the IGNITE Stage at the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. Her talk is entitled: Avoidable Deaths: Putting the Sendai Framework’s Global Target One into Action. If you’re attending the GPDRR, please do attend.

For more details, please click here.

16 May 2019 – Launch of New Words Into Action Guides

On the 16th of May at 11am, three new Words into Action guides will be launched at the IGNITE Stage at the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Words into Action guides are where risk reduction theory is translated into practical, ground-truthed approaches to reducing risk in an array of situations and sectors. The guides cover a range of topics and are authored by teams of experts and practitioners from a range of organisations, drawing from a wide body of knowledge and backed up with experience. The guides include perspectives from around the world: connecting initiatives with best practice ideas from other compelling settings.

For more information, please click here.

13-17 May 2019 – Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

2019 GP home page This is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk. This year will be the sixth session of the Global Platform and the overall theme is: Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies. To register for the Global Platform or to receive more information, please click here.

25 April 2019 – Launch of the Project Report in Dhaka

As part of the research project, entitled: “Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges around Reproductive Health in Disasters in Bangladesh”, an event will be held in Dhaka to officially launch the project’s final report. This event will be held on the 25th of April 2019 from 09:00-12:00 at the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka, Nilkhet Rd, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. Funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) ‘Innovation Programme’ and IPPF-South Asia Region Office’s ‘SPRINT Initiative’, this research project studied how to improve the quality and availability of post-abortion care during a flood. Speakers at this event are Dr. Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett from the University of Leicester and Md. Maqbul Bhuiyna from Data Management Aid, Bangladesh. Additionally, the event will be chaired by Professor Hafiza Khatun, Director for the University of Dhaka’s Disaster Research Training and Management Center (DRTMC). The expert panel members will consist of Professor AQM Mahbub from the University of Dhaka and Dr. Md. Mahbub Hossain, Upazila Health Family Planning Officer of Belkuchi Upazila. To access the final report, please click here.

12 March 2019 – ADN’s Official Launch at GADRI

The ADN was officially launched at the 4th Summit of Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) at Kyoto University on the 12th of March 2019. This was done during the side event, titled: Future Leaders for Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Development Management. For more information, please click here.

The launch was attended by the ADN’s Presidents, Dr. Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett and Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita, and the Operation Manager, Mrs. Denise Corsel. There were 24 GADRI participants from across the world. We were also pleased to see the attendance of Dr. Pedro Rodriguez Veiga from the University of Leicester’s Centre for Landscape and Climate Research (CLCR).