Programme

Enjoy a rich and interactive agenda with panel discussions, workshops and keynote presentations led by esteemed national and international experts and practitioners in the field of disaster risk reduction.

Feel free to explore our comprehensive program for this year's event. Simply select your preferred day from the two available options and click on each agenda item for more details.

We are currently curating additional details and contributions for our programme. As a result, our agenda is fluid and continuously evolving. We thus encourage you to check back regularly for updates and new additions.



We sincerely appreciate your interest and patience and look forward to welcoming you to the German Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2024! 

Registration and networking while enjoying coffee and snacks

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Opening of the German Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

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The German Red Cross and the Federal Foreign Office will officially open the German Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2024.

Christof Johnen

German Red Cross

Head of International Cooperation Division

Dr. Peter Reuss

German Federal Foreign Office

Head of Division for Policy Issues in Humanitarian Aid, International Civil Protection and Humanitarian Demining

Stories from the field

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Nationally and internationally practitioners will report on their field of work in short contributions. 

Implementation of the German Resilience Strategy: What's the progress?

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What progress has been made in implementing the German resilience strategy since the 2022 Fachtagung Katastrophenvorsorge? How is the further development of the National Platform for Strengthening Resilience to Disasters progressing? And where do we go from here? The presentation will provide answers to these and other questions.

Speaker:
Nina Köksalan, Head of the National Focal Point for the Sendai Framework Germany

Transition

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Parallel Sessions / Workshops

Lunch break

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Beat the Heat

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Heatwaves pose a growing threat to human health - especially in cities. This scenario game offers participants an interactive opportunity to take on the role of a Red Cross director and prepare their organisation for a predicted heatwave.
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Panel: Civil Protection at its Limit? Taking Stock of Disaster and Crisis Management

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The panel focuses on the practice of disaster preparedness at the local level, highlighting the different sectors, stakeholders, and the growing challenges and the perspective of vulnerable groups in population protection. A key inquiry revolves around whether specific facets or sectors of population protection are already under such strain that they can be deemed fragile—or operating at their limit.
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Thomas Prinzler

Moderator

Leon Eckert

Deutscher Bundestag

Member for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Marlis Cremer

StädteRegion Aachen

Former Deputy Head of Department

Prof. Dr. Martin Voss

Institute of Geographical Sciences

Professor with Focus on Disaster Research, Head of Disaster Research Unit

Frank Jörres

German Red Cross

Representative for DRR /Member of the board (honorary position) in the GRC district association Prignitz

Introduction to the workshops

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Coffee and snacks

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Parallel Sessions / Workshops

Closing of the day

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Reception and Networking

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Welcome

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Stories from the field

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Panel: Navigating fragility, conflict, and violence: multi-hazard disaster risk reduction to serve people in armed conflict

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The panel will discuss and demonstrate why it is necessary to understand how the link between climate risks and conflict increases people's vulnerability and how and what disaster risk reduction measures can be used to minimize the impact of climate risks and conflict. The ethical component and the impact of media reports on climate and conflict risks will also be a topic of the panel. 
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Catalina Jaime (Moderation)

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Head of Climate and Conflict

Dr. Abdullah Fahimi

DGAP’s Centre for Climate and Foreign Policy

Research Fellow

Niels Holm-Nielsen

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

Head of GFDRR

Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, University of Potsdam

Co-Head of Research Department on Earth System Analysis and Professor of Physics of the Oceans

Introduction to the workshops

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Coffee and snacks

on-site

Parallel Sessions / Workshops

Lunch break

on-site

Parallel Sessions / Workshops

Virtual closing panel: Short and long-term needs and ambitions in civil protection and international disaster risk reduction

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In an online panel moderated by science journalist Thomas Prinzler, four high-ranking representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community, the Multinational Civil-Military Operation, and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will identify the challenges and needs of the future in national civil protection and international disaster risk reduction, and provide a concise statement on the ambitions of their respective areas of work.

Dr. Elke Löbel

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Director for Refugee Policy and Head of the Department for Refugees and Migration, Crisis Prevention and Crisis Management

Susanne Fries-Gaier

Federal Foreign Office

Director for Humanitarian Assistance

Oberst i.G. Armin Schaus

Multinational Civil-Military Cooperation Command

Commander

Dr. Christoph Hübner

Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Community

Deputy Head of the Crisis Management Department

Closing of the German Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

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Networking with coffee and cake

on-site