Plenary session on Common Themes for Risk Governance

Plenary session on Common Themes for Risk Governance
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11 January 2012

Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Download the plenary session description and agenda here

Risks accompany change, and are often accompanied by potential benefits and opportunities. Better risk governance implies enabling societies to benefit from change while minimising the negative consequences of the associated risks. The governance of global, systemic risks requires cohesion between countries and the partnering with others in government, industry, academia and civil society.

Governance refers to the actions, processes, traditions and institutions by which authority is exercised and decisions are taken and implemented. Risk governance, as proposed by IRGC, is a holistic approach to identifying, assessing, managing and communicating risks.

This concluding plenary session of the International Conference on “From Crisis Management to Risk Governance” presented key challenges of risk governance and suggested recommendations for action.

Plenary Session Agenda

Welcome and introduction

Granger MORGAN, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Lan XUE, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

Session 1 – Managing Crisis and Uncertainty

Ortwin RENN, University of Stuttgart
Anticipating Crisis: A Risk Governance Approach
• V.S ARUNACHALAM and Anshu BHARADAWJ, Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP)
Through a Glass Darkly: On Predicting Future
Discussion

Session 2 – Prioritising and Communicating Risks

Baruch FISCHHOFF,Carnegie Mellon University
Setting Priorities among Risks
Wandi BRUINE DE BRUIN, Leeds University Business School and Carnegie Mellon University
Developing Effective Risk Communications: How to Find Out What the Audience Needs
Xiguang LI, School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University
Crisis Management in the Landscape of Social Media

Session 3 – Concluding session – Risk Profile in China

Jianhua XU, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
A study of Risk Profile in China
Yanhua LIU,Counsellor’s Office of the State Council, P.R. China; IRGC Board of Foundation

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