When innovation meets traditional knowledge – The 2017 RISK Award winner will be announced in Cancun
End of May, the UNISDR 'Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction' will take place in Cancun, Mexico. This is one of the world’s most important gatherings to improve global disaster prevention. During a ceremony on 24 May 2017, we will – together with our partners UNISDR and GRF Davos – announce the 2017 RISK Award.
Cutting-edge plans to harness the power of technology and curb the threats posed by hazards such as floods and epidemics were proposed , three have been shortlisted. After intense deliberations over the ten best entrants, the jury of the 2017 edition of the RISK Award made a final cut of projects in Kenya, Nepal and India.
Issued every two years by the Munich Re Foundation, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Global Risk Forum Davos, the RISK Award honours innovative plans and approaches to reducing risk and enhancing disaster management, with a 100,000-euro prize enabling the entrants to move from the drawing board to the real thing. This edition’s theme is "Information and Communication: Innovative Concepts and Technologies for DRR and DRM", with the entrants presenting digital projects to help communities better anticipate disasters.
“Today, more than 85% of the world's population has a mobile phone or a smartphone. This opens up new ways to transmit the information needed to reduce disaster mortality and achieve the main goal of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is to increase the resilience of nations and communities,” said Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, who is one of the eight members of the RISK Award jury.
Three projects on the final straight
“Innovative concepts and technologies for information and communication play an increasingly important role in disaster risk management and disaster risk reduction. The more efficiently these tools are used, the more people at risk can be reached before, during or after an emergency,” said jury member Mr. Thomas Loster, Chairman of the Munich Re Foundation. “With the 2017 RISK Award we serve this important goal”.