GRF Davos Foundation as Organizing Committee of the 3rd International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2010 is grateful for the financial commitment and continuous support of:
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC is Switzerland's international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
With some 600 professors, 16,000 staff (13,000 full-time equivalents) and 20,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students, the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne and the four application-oriented research institutes – the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), the Materials Science and Technology Research Institution (EMPA) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) – produce scientific achievements of the highest calibre. Together they constitute the ETH Domain under the strategic leadership of the ETH Board as the supervisory body. Appointed by the Swiss Federal Council, the ETH Board allocates funds to the six institutions within the guidelines set by the government, and administers their real-estate holdings on a fiduciary basis. It is presently composed of a president, a vice president and eight further members from the worlds of science and commerce and industry. The ETH Board is responsible for fulfilling and implementing the science policy performance mandate set by the Federal Council and the Federal Parliament and for the four-year strategy for the ETH-Domain. It is also responsible for the allocation of Federal funding within the ETH-Domain.
Canton of Grisons
Graubünden, is not only GRF Davos' home canton it is also Switzerland’s only tri-lingual canton, is a place of economical, cultural and political diversity. The Romansh language and culture is an important part of the Graubünden’s character, which also boasts a beautiful countryside and tourist attractions.
In terms of surface, Graubünden is the largest canton, yet at the same time it is the most sparsely populated with about 192,000 inhabitants. The capital, Chur, which is the oldest city in Switzerland, has a population of about 33,000.
In addition to cultural and linguistic diversity, Graubünden also offers purity of nature: 615 lakes, more than 900 mountain tops and 150 valleys.
The cultural diversity, the beautiful countryside and the effective infrastructure with hospitable hotels, mountain railways, baths, spas and sports facilities are decisive factors in making Graubünden a leading vacation destination both in winter and in summer. Every region has its own specific character in this “land of 150 valleys”.
Municipality of Davos
GRF Davos' home town, is not only the highest-altitude town in Europe ( 1’560 m asl, 5.100 feet)I it is also the largest resort in Switzerland in terms of surface area (284 km2, 110 square miles ). In 2001, Davos became the first municipality in Graubünden to be officially awarded the coveted label of Energy City by the Swiss Federal Office for Energy and its supporting association, Energy City Label. As an Energy City, Davos pledges to practice a sustainable and result-oriented energy policy. The Energy City wants to institute measures to improve the balance of CO2 and further climate protection
Davos is also a world known congress destination combining many years of tradition with the most modern infrastructure – unrivalled by any other Alpine resort and a congress destination with a state-of-the-art congress centre.a fascinating natural mountain world and a diversity of sporting, leisure and cultural attractions.
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The Kuehne Foundation, in its main priority promotes of education and training and science and research in the fields of transport economics and logistics.
The foundation supports medical sciences, humanitarian and charitable concerns, and cultural projects.
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Syngenta Foundation for sustainable agriculture
A non-profit organization established by Syngenta .The operational strategy of the Syngenta Foundation focuses on smallholders, productivity and markets.
The Foundation works with partners in developing countries and emerging markets. Our aim is to help small farmers become more professional growers. We do this by extending science-based know-how, facilitating access to quality inputs, and linking smallholders to markets in profitable ways. This adds value for rural communities, and sustainably improves food security.
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With the three brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the BMW Group has its sights set firmly on the premium sector of the international automobile market. To achieve its aims, the company knows how to deploy its strengths with an efficiency that is unmatched in the automotive industry. The strategic objective is clearly defined: The BMW Group is the leading provider of premium products and premium services for individual mobility.
RMS - Risk Management Solutions
RMS is the world's leading provider of products, services, and expertise for the quantification and management of catastrophe risk. For twenty years RMS has applied models, analytics, data, and multi-disciplinary knowledge to the management of risk associated with perils such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and terrorist attacks. Hundreds of leading insurers, reinsurers, trading companies, and other financial institutions rely on RMS models and analytics to make better risk management decisions.