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Background to UR

Understanding Risk (UR) is an open and global community of 20,000+ experts and practitioners interested and active in the creation, communication, and use of disaster risk information. This space foments collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation in disaster risk assessment. The community members comprise of Disaster Risk Management experts from more than 200 countries across 4,600+ organizations representing government agencies, multilateral organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, academia, community-based organizations, and civil society worldwide.

Global community members

What to expect at UR24

Increase engagement

Providing opportunities for risk knowledge exchange and integration among countries and between regional and global organizations.

Best practices

Capturing best practices for disaster risk reduction and identifying areas for collaboration on disaster risk finance and insurance among and with global partners.

Build your network

Cultivating and expanding your personal and institutional networks, forging meaningful connections within the dynamic landscape of Disaster Risk Management.

Who will attend?

You can interact with DRM Practitioners, Government, Academics, Policy Makers, Industry Experts, Financial Risk Managers, Development Partners and Civil Society representatives.

UR22 by Numbers

Hours of content
Global audience
Attendees in person

UR Format

Opening Ceremony

Arcrea Center

› Opening Ceremony​
› Keynotes​
› Catering​
› Entertainment​

UR Forum Sessions

Arcrea Center

› Technical Sessions​
› Catering
› Networking
› Exhibition Space

UR Focus Days

Arcrea Center

›Deep dive sessions
› Workshops
› Training
› Product demonstrations

Himeji City

Himeji City, in Hyogo prefecture, Japan, serves as a fitting location for the forum. This choice holds special significance as it aligns with the commemoration of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. 

The Himeji Castle will serve as a backdrop for the UR24 Forum opening ceremony. Besides this iconic masterpiece, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, the technical sessions and plenaries will be held at the Arcrea Himeji Culture and Convention Center.  

Here, history and tradition meet innovation. Join us and be a part of this significant confluence.  

Previous UR Forums

Have a peak at previous highlight videos

UR22 Floripa

UR2020 Virtual

UR2018 Mexico City

UR2016 Venice

Contact the UR team today

We are looking forward to hearing your ideas and making a magical partnership.