Co-Hosting Organisation

The 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014 is co-hosted by the following institution. GRF Davos is grateful for their continuous support.


The Beijing Normal University, a key university under the administration of the Ministry of Education, is a renowned institution of higher education known for teacher education, education science and basic learning in both the arts and the sciences. The research-oriented university has a history of more than 100 years.

During the last two decades, the Beijing Normal University has developed a strong education, training and research program on risk and disaster science in China which lays great emphasis on exchange and cooperation with international education, training and research institutions.

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EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement is a platform for co-operation in the field of major natural and technological disasters between Europe and the South of the Mediterranean. Its field of competence covers the major natural and technological disasters - knowledge, prevention, risk management, post-crisis analysis and rehabilitation.

The main objectives of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement are to reinforce and to promote co-operation between Member States in a multi-disciplinary context to ensure better prevention, protection against risks and better preparation in the event of major natural or technological disasters.

Set up by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 1987 [Resolution (87)2], the Agreement is "open" because any non-member State of the Council of Europe may apply to become a member. It has to date 26 Member States.

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The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (GSSW) demonstrates its commitment to global health and well-being in numerous ways.  Continuously accredited since 1933 and ranked among the best in the nation, our innovative MSW program offers an increasing number of international experiential courses and internships, as well as a concentration in Sustainable Development and Global Practice.  Our MSW students may also take courses at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies or earn dual graduate degrees from both schools simultaneously.  On average, about a third of GSSW’s PhD graduates are international students, many of whom return to their home countries as high-level administrators in national government, non-governmental organizations or universities. In recent years, GSSW and its Institute for Human-Animal Connection have forged international research and academic partnerships in 17 countries around the world.  

Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (GSSW)


Operating in more than 20 countries, and with a presence on all continents, Swiss Re is one of the world’s largest and most diversified reinsurers. It complements a proven reinsurance portfolio for Property & Casualty and Life & Health with insurance-based corporate finance solutions and services for comprehensive risk management.