Risk governance

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Cancun, Mexico


The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is the leading global forum for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction. Established in 2006 and is now the world’s foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations.

OECD Event: How can countries invest in a safer future? 

23 May 2017, Cancun, Mexico  |   Expo Centre Room 1, 16:30-18:30

Join us to discuss:

  • How can governments and stakeholders best work together to strengthen economic and social resilience through improved risk governance?
  • What has worked in risk governance, and what has not?
  • How can countries benefit from each other’s experiences through peer learning?

Agenda English | Spanish (pdf)


OECD Recommendation on the Governance of Critical Risks


Governments have a key role to play in assessing risks, evaluating different approaches to risk reduction, and promoting enhanced risk awareness and resilience measures by infrastructure operators. 

The OECD Recommendation on the Governance of Critical Risks promotes a strategic approach in risk management that builds safe and more sustainable communities, and calls for paying attention to the design of critical infrastructure networks.

It recommends coordinating this with urban planning and territorial management policies to reduce the concentration of people and assets in areas of known risks.

It also promotes the development of fiscal and regulatory options to promote reserve capacity, diversification or back-up systems to reduce the risk of breakdowns and prolonged periods of disruption.


Read the Recommendation in:  English  French   Spanish    Japanese


Managing critical risks in a hyper-connected world

Managing critical risks poses significant challenges for policymakers. The OECD High Level Risk Forum conducts research to help policymakers understand and identify critical risks, better anticipate them and mitigate their consequences.

Through partnerships, evidence generation and strategic frameworks, the OECD supports stakeholders in implementing cutting edge approaches to the multiple challenges of risk. Based on a whole-of-society approach, public and private sector actors discover ways to build greater resilience together and to rebound more quickly from
unanticipated shocks.

These activities are served by the OECD Directorate for Public Governance. 




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