4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2013

Europe, May 21 2013

GENEVA: The 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction opens today following two days of intense consultations among stakeholder groups on a whole range of topics from Demystifying Grassroots Partnerships through Improved Earthquake Risk Management for Governments to over 40 consultations on the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Margareta Wahlström, UNISDR chief, highlighted that the 2013 Global Platform will “give special attention to three critical areas. The first is private sector investment in disaster risk management – an opportunity to create shared value for businesses and corporations as well as for society. The second is the work of local communities, networks and supporting policies in building resilience. The third is local and national governments, and their take on implementation of the HFA as well as on an action agenda for building disaster resilience in a post 2015 successor framework.”

The event is an important milestone before the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in 2015.

The official agenda will be from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 May.

Key outcomes to achieve during the Fourth Session:

  • A stronger and more sustainable ISDR movement world-wide that leads to increased responsibility for reinforcing resilience to disasters.
  • A dynamic and trend-setting forum for decision makers, partners, experts and practitioners to announce initiatives, launch products, share information, promote campaigns, and provide evidence around disaster risk reduction.
  • Directions and new alliances for the development and use of new tools and methodologies aimed at understanding and applying the economics and investment in disaster risk reduction.
  • A forum to discuss progress and consult over a post-Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA).
  • Events that follow-up and progress on the 2011 Global Platform (examples may include an update on disaster loss in schools and hospitals, accounting for disaster losses, the status of National Platforms, and progress of the Children’s Charter for Disaster Risk Reduction).
  • Priorities and directions reflected in the outcome document – the Chair’s Summary.

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