The award winning Nineteen Events who deliver the rapidly growing International Security Expo are excited to announce a new major exhibition and conference, the International Disaster Response Expo. It will be co-located with the International Security Expo in Olympia, London and held over 2 days on 28 and 29 November 2018.

The greatest threat and one which is likely to kill and injure the most people through 2018 is that which comes from man-made and natural disasters.  The man-made disasters are frequently causing mass population movement as we have seen from Syria, Iraq and Myanmar.  The natural disasters caused by weather, volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis and in particular disease will trump the damage from any other threat. Dr Tedros Adhanom, the director general of the World Health Organization warned in Dubai this month that, “Humanity is 'vulnerable' to a pandemic that could kill millions.”  

The International Disaster Response Expo recognises the unique position of the UK on the global Disaster Response scene; one of the few nations to meet its international obligation to spend 0.7% of its Gross National Income (GNI) on Foreign Aid and seen as a centre of excellence for International Disaster Response techniques, procedures and technologies.  

A 2-day high level Global Disaster Response Conference will be the centre piece of the International Disaster Response Expo and will bring in an audience of key decision makers from government’s, INGOs and industry.  Chaired by DFID (tbc) it will showcase the global skills and thoughts of an experienced international speakers across Government, Aid Organisations and the private sector, as well featuring  high level panel discussions, to examine many of the hard-hitting topics challenging everyone in the disaster response arena.

UK and international experts will share their insights to allow greater understanding of what works, so best practice ideas can be debated and delivered across the disaster response community. With equipment and technology critical to many disaster response scenarios, the International Disaster Response Expo will showcase many of the solutions and innovations that make responders tasks possible and hopefully easier and allow the response to a disaster to be quicker and more effective.

Along with officially hosted international delegations from the co-located International Security Expo, our research has shown a very large number of visitors to this event have a much wider interest with many focusing on disaster response.  We have an already established and proven audience of real decision makers with thousands of millions of pounds spending power.

Admiral Lord West, a former UK Government Minister who chairs the International Disaster Response Expo said, “It is about time we launched a platform to showcase the superb work DFID, International Organisations, INGOs and industry are doing in this critical area that works for the global good. The UK leads much of the thinking and technologies in this area and I am excited to be able to launch this platform for best practice.”

A special Advisory Council has been formed to help shape the content and focus of IDR 2018, it includes key stakeholders Robert MacFarlane, Deputy Director from the  Cabinet Office, Dan Stephens, National Resilience Lead for FRS & Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire Rescue Service, Tim Cutbill, Former Assistant Commissioner from the London Fire Brigade and other internationally recognised leaders.

Peter Jones, Chief Executive at Nineteen Events, says, “My aim is to add something back to the world, my team and I are doing this through the International Security Expo but one of the greatest threats on the planet today is from disasters. It is a logical step to launch a brand-new event to cover this complex and vital area allowing us to give even more back. The UK and especially London, is the right place to hold this event and co-locating it with the International Security Expo recognises the huge cross overs there are with some parts of each discipline.”

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