Meeting Objective: The National Research Council (NRC) and the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks (Catastrophic Risks GAC) have partnered to explore opportunities to further build resilience coalitions among decision makers, experts and the private sector. This day-long meeting and workshop aims to:

  1. Explore opportunities for public-private coalition building across jurisdictions and sectors.
  2. Discuss the exchange of data, best practices and lessons learned through new networks and partnerships, including identifying and contributing lessons learned and leading practices to the WEF's Leading Practices Exchange
  3. Identify and assess current catastrophic risk activities that demonstrate resilience building though public-private partnerships.
  4. Set a path forward for future NRC and WEF Catastrophic Risk GAC resilience activities.

The recent NRC report, Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, revealed a strong community of stakeholders eager to advance the efforts of building resilience to catastrophic risks and disasters in the U.S. and internationally. The National Research Council has taken a leading role in convening activities to help increase national disaster resilience, and is also working with international stakeholders to share information and lessons learned to promote a more resilient world.

The WEF Catastrophic Risks GAC aims to enhance understanding of catastrophic risks and highlight innovative ways of managing them by drawing on the practices and experience of the world's leading public and private sector experts, academics and the Risk Response Network of the World Economic Forum. For its 2012-2013 term, the Catastrophic Risks GAC is exploring resilience solutions to catastrophic risks grounded in local realities and promoting inter-regional learning.