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Climate extremes are a top threat to human well-being and sustainable development


Extreme events such as droughts, heatwaves, heavy rain, and violent storms are now part of our daily news. Risk-aware development towards the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals can significantly reduce societal risks associated with climate extremes. Therefore the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction strategies such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 have to be brought together.

More than 130 scientists and practitioners from 30 countries and UN organizations met at the Herrenhausen Conference “Extreme Events – Building Climate Resilient Societies” supported by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hanover at Herrenhausen Palace from October 9 to 11, 2019.



Herrenhausen Conference was funded by

Photographs: David Carreño Hansen for Volkswagen Foundation