Major report cites CSER research in support of making Existential Risk a priority for the Sendai Framework

14 January 2022

In their Framework for Global Science in Support of Risk-informed Sustainable Development and Planetary Health the International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) have labelled identifying, assessing, and managing existential risks and identifying suitable governance arrangements for existential risks as priorities for a new research agenda to shape the future of the Sendai Framework. Citing CSER and our research, they also note how the emerging fields of systemic and existential risk are reshaping Disaster Risk Reduction.

 The framework was initiated In 2019, when the ISC and UNDRR invited the Integrated Research for Disaster Risk program to lead on the development of a global research agenda for risk-informed development to guide impactful international disaster risk research and its funding. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the integrated nature of human development and planetary health, brought renewed urgency to tackling the underlying drivers of risks at different scales, and demonstrated the vital role of science in coping with and preventing future crises.

The framework takes stock of recent developments in disaster risk science and provides a compelling set of directions for research and scientific collaboration for a more holistic and collaborative approach to understanding and managing risks. It challenges silos in science and in society and the notion that social, ecological, economic and technological systems can be understood in isolation from one another, and advocates for an increased focus on people.

The report references a range of CSER’s research, including noting our report "Pathways for linking Science and Policy in the field of Global Risk" as an example of best practice. CSER researcher Clarissa Rios Rojas who was also part of the framework's Expert Review Group.

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