UN/ISDR Secretariat and Norway Propose an IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events

August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of

the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place

from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the

Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on

Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

The proposal is based on the recognition of the linkages

between disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change, as well as

the need to learn from risk reduction experience in order to guide UNFCCC

parties' adaptation activities. The proposal states that the relevance of

disaster risk reduction to advance adaptation has been widely acknowledged, but

that no comprehensive assessment of the disaster risk reduction and management

policies and measures that can inform climate change adaptation has been

carried out. The proposal then describes how the Special Report would comply

with the IPCC framework and criteria for establishing priorities for IPCC

reports, and provides an outline of the proposed assessment. [The