Policy relevance in 2013

Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) provides briefings to governmental, international, and non-governmental organizations on scientific issues related to policymaking.

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Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). In policy terms, RPV advises development institutions, national governments, and international NGOs on risk management and adaptation strategies.  For example, it advises the Asian Development Bank Institute on risk management strategies in the Asia-Pacific region.

RPV is working with the NGOs International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and with Practical Action, on strategies for building disaster resilience.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). RPV staff briefed German government policy advisors and decision makers on the upcoming IPCC 5th Assessment Report.  

European Commission (EC). RPV staff briefed the European Commission on the recent World Disasters Report 2013 of the IFRC.

Risk management strategies for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

RPV continues to work with the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative in developing and analyzing risk management strategies, including insurance, for the purpose of reducing the burden of climate extremes to the most vulnerable. The proposal for regional risk management and risk transfer facilities was incorporated in an early negotiating text for the climate agreement and is a key input into the Warsaw Loss and Damage Mechanism established at the 19th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in November 2013.

Phnomh Penh workshop

Under the project, “strengthening the disaster management systems in Cambodia through risk assessment, early warning systems and developing building codes” supported by the World Bank, a participatory workshop was conducted on 21-22 October in Phnomh Penh, Cambodia. National, provincial, district and commune-level committees for disaster management, together with line ministries, donor agencies, and NGOs participated in the workshop, identifying concerns and policy questions on catastrophic natural disaster risk in Cambodia.

Workshop on Energy Transitions

RPV is informing the debate on energy transitions in the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region with workshops. In May IIASA hosted one on the "Social and environmental challenges of EU-MENA renewable power cooperation” with the participation of experts from IRENA, Desertec Industrial Initiative, Desertec University Network, Germanwatch, RECREEE and a number of the Egyptian, Moroccan, Kuwaiti governmental and academic organizations, as well as NGOs and business organizations from Europe.

Briefing on renewable energy strategies

RPV briefed and provided input regarding investments for renewable energy strategies to policymakers in Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


Asian Development Bank Institute;
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC);
European Commission (EC);
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
Munich Climate Insurance Initiative;
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
World Bank.

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