InfoShop, Worldwatch and the World Bank Institute present "Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace"

InfoShop, Worldwatch Institute, and the World Bank Institute cordially invites you to a book launch:

"Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace"

This book examines the recent experiences of Indonesia’s Aceh province, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir, among others, and suggests ways to better integrate disaster and conflict responses. The authors note that the human toll taken by natural disasters is increasing, adding to the list of deadly challenges faced by poor communities and countries worldwide. Recorded disasters nearly doubled between 1987 and 2006, while the number of people affected by these disasters increased more than 10 percent. Women, children, and the elderly are among those most vulnerable. The report concludes that the intersection of disasters, conflict, and peacemaking requires interdisciplinary responses from governments, international donors, and civil society.

Friday, July 13, 2007
12:30 - 2:00pm
World Bank J Building, Auditorium J1 - 050
701 18th St. NW (corner of 18th St. and Pennsylvania Ave).

Coffee and cookies will be served
RSVP required to

Welcoming remarks
Rakesh Nangia
Acting Vice President, World Bank Institute

Chair and Commentary
Saroj Kumar Jha
Program Manager, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank Group

Saroj Kumar Jha provides strategic guidance and policy advice for the World Bank’s disaster prevention and preparedness programs and is also the programmanager of the GFDRR. Prior to joining the Bank, he was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India and Iran. He has coordinated a large number of post-disaster humanitarian relief and long-term recovery and reconstruction projects, and has worked extensively on the design of early warning systems, assessments, training and capacity building programs, policy and institution-building initiatives, and partnerships for disaster prevention and mitigation in different countries. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and has authored several publications on disaster risk reduction.

Zoë Chafe
Co-Author and Research Associate, Worldwatch Institute
Since joining the Worldwatch Institute in 2003, Zoë Chafe has been a frequent contributor to Worldwatch publications, including State of the World, Vital Signs, and World Watch magazine. Her recent work focuses on carbon markets, natural disaster trends, urbanization, and strategies for confronting climate change. Prior to joining Worldwatch Institute, she worked with the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development in Washington, DC, the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, the US Forest Service, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and SustainUS.

Michael Renner
Co-Author and Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute
Michael Renner joined Worldwatch Institute in 1987. His work focuses on new concepts of security and the ways in which environmental degradation and competition over resources can generate conflict and human insecurity. He co-directed Worldwatch's State of the World 2005 report focused on "RedefiningGlobal Security" and currently directs its Global Security Project. He has traveled and spoken extensively on environment and security issues, and has led discussions with policymakers and parliamentarians at the European Parliament and the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE). He holds degrees in political science and international relations from the Universities of Konstanz (Germany) and Amsterdam.

Eric Schwartz
Executive Director of Connect US
Prior to joining Connect US in 2007, Eric Schwartz served as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Among other positions, he has also served as a lead expert for the congressionally mandated Mitchell-Gingrich Task Force on United Nations Reform, second-ranking official at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and a member of the US National Security Council with responsibilities for a range of peacekeeping, humanitarian, and refugee issues. He has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the US Institute of Peace and the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a contributor to the Responsibility to Protect Project of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. He holds degrees in law, international relations, and political science from New York University School of Law, Princeton University, and the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Ian Bannon
Sector Manager of the Fragile States, Conflict and Social Development Unit, Africa Region, World Bank
Prior to his current assignment he was manager of the Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction Unit, and has published widely on conflict and development themes, including natural resources, education, social development, and gender. He is an economist by training with experience in South Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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