Adaptation & Resilience
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Global Issues
13 May, 2019 to 17 May, 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk.

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a critical component of the monitoring and implementation process of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). The outcomes of the Global Platform inform the deliberations of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the UN 2019 Climate Summit from a disaster risk reduction perspective.  These efforts contribute towards the successful achievement of a risk-informed 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

The sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) will represent the next important opportunity for the international community to boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework related goals of the 2030 Agenda, as well as commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. It is also the last global gathering for all stakeholders before the deadline for achieving Target E of the Sendai Framework: to substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.

The conference programme will feature different types of sessions, acknowledging the need for both political and/or high-level dialogues and more technical discussions, workshops and networking. All sessions will be designed in a way that will encourage and maximize the time for dialogue and interaction.

Thematic Focus:

Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies

The theme of GP2019 will focus on how managing disaster risk and risk-informed development investments pay dividends in multiple sectors and geographies, across all scales, and throughout social, economic, financial and environmental fields. The concept of ‘resilience dividend’ in this context is to be interpreted in a broader sense that goes beyond monetary profit. It contributes to reducing disaster risk, fosters development and triggers multiple social, environmental and economic benefits in the long term. The sessions will be designed in a way that key players - such as ministries of planning, economy and finance, national and international regulators, and legislators, as well as members of the business and investor communities and international financial institutions - will feature prominently as speakers and discussants, throughout the Platform, while at the same time respecting an inclusive approach and making sure that all stakeholders will have an active role to play.

Thematic Focus of Each Day

Each of the three official days will have a specific focus that contributes in a more concrete manner to the overall theme of the Global Platform.

Wednesday, 15 May

Day 1 will take stock on progress made since the last Global Platform and will contextualize progress made at local, national and regional levels. It is an opportunity for all stakeholders to come together, share experiences on good practices and to identify gaps and discuss challenges related to implementation of the Sendai Framework. Day 1 will also feature a high-level dialogue on global and regional progress, including outcomes from the regional platforms as well as a presentation and discussion on the state of global risk and future trends. Discussion will also focus on institutional strengthening, risk governance, accountability, access to data, including sex and age disaggregated data, and other aspects that are highly relevant for the achievement of the Target E.

Thursday, 16 May

The main focus of Day 2 will be on risk-informed public and private investments, including investments in infrastructure and innovative investment modalities. The High Level Dialogues will provide an opportunity to share inclusive and innovative approaches for risk-informed public and private investments.  These issues, as well as others relating to health and disaster displacement, will be addressed at the working sessions. Day 2 will also provide an opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the World Reconstruction Conference, which will be held during the preparatory days on 13 and 14 May.

Friday, 17 May

Day 3 will focus on action on climate and disaster risk, including integrated national policies, strategies and planning, innovative financial and social instruments for climate and disaster risk reduction, including gender considerations.  These themes are highly relevant for the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit that will take place in New York, in September, 2019, as well as for the achievement of the SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, which is one of the SDGs to be reviewed at the HLPF 2019. Day 3 will also provide an opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference, which will be held during the preparatory days on 13 and 14 May.

The conference programme will feature different types of sessions, acknowledging the need for both political and/or high-level dialogues and more technical discussions, workshops and networking. All sessions will be designed in a way that will encourage and maximize the time for dialogue and interaction.

 

To register and for more information about the event visit UNSIDR's comprehensive website.

 

[This information originally appeared here.]