Two UN global leaders join the agenda for the ICMIF Biennial Conference this October in London

Wednesday, 02 August 2017

ICMIF has announced that two leading United Nations (UN) figures, both of whom are engaged in disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainability, have joined the line-up of keynote speakers at the forthcoming ICMIF Biennial Conference in London (17-20 October 2017).

Robert Glasser (pictured), Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) will participate in the opening panel session, entitled Leadership challenges in a responsible industry, on Wednesday (18 October) morning,. This session will look the crucial role that insurance plays in securing our socio-economic futures and how the cooperative/mutual sector can be strengthened through working in collaboration with the broader insurance industry, governments, regulators and civil society.

Dr Glasser, an experienced leader and thinker on development issues, was appointed head of the UNISDR in January 2016, succeeding Margareta Wahlström (who was the keynote speaker at ICMIF’s last Biennial Conference in Minneapolis). Prior to his appointment, Dr Glasser spent seven years as Secretary General of CARE International, one of the world’s largest non-governmental humanitarian organisations, which is active in over 80 countries. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF).

In the second session on Wednesday, Jo Scheuer, Director for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will participate in a session on Serving the insurance needs of a new world of risk. ICMIF’s important collaborations and partnerships with external stakeholders will continue to be explored in this session, as well as specific issues relating to our new world of risk including the protection gap, disaster risk reduction, climate change and microinsurance.

Focused on addressing climate and disaster risks that threaten development, Jo’s team supports countries in building resilience through risk-informed and zero-carbon approaches to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This includes policy engagement in support of international agreements and processes, as well as programmatic support to UNDP Country Offices to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement.

More than 200 delegates from mutual and cooperative insurers worldwide have already registered for this premier gathering of the mutual and cooperative insurance industry, click here to view the delegate list.

The full agenda and speaker line-up for the ICMIF Biennial Conference are also available online. The 2017 Conference theme is Redesigning insurance: far from an abstract proposition, mutual and cooperative insurers understand the need to consider how they can “redesign” what they do, how they do it and the products and services they offer to their members and wider communities.

Values-based insurers help mitigate some of the world’s biggest risks but the cooperative and mutual insurance sector needs to keep innovating in order to survive. The speakers and panels at this year’s ICMIF Biennial Conference 2017 will be an invaluable source of inspiration on what our sector is already doing in terms of innovation and will also share examples and inspiration on how our members can continue to stay ahead of the competition.