What is the 2017 Global Platform?
The Global Platform is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction. It was established in 2006 and is now the world's foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations. The Global Platform holds biennial sessions. To date, there have been four, in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, all of them held in Geneva. The 2015 edition did not take place, given that that year saw the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, which included a significant and highly appreciated multi-stakeholder dimension.
What is GNDR planning for the 2017 Global Platform?
GNDR is hoping for a strong participation from the network and its members to the Global Platform to be held in Cancún, Mexico between the 22nd and 26th May. You can see the programme at the official website and use this page to register to attend this UNISDR event. GNDR and the Climate Action Network (CAN) have been designated by UNISDR as the focal points for NGOs. We will be providing information to help NGOs navigate the Global Platform in the run up to and during the conference. We will also be organising a preparatory meeting for all NGOs in Cancún, before the formal agenda starts.
GNDR is working with a range of networks globally to coordinate our messages and put together a joint advocacy initiative calling for more systematic collaboration between governments and civil society in the design of DRR strategies. We have applied for a side event on How to Institutionalise Inclusive Resilience, as well as a marketplace booth that we hope will be a mini-world showcasing the fantastic work being undertaken by our members around the globe. We will be sharing the visual and interactive Frontline data and stories of local risk and resilience at a special pre-event on the 23rd May, as well as launching our plans to initiate a new Views from the Frontline 2017.
We will provide further updates on how you can engage in these various activities in the coming weeks up to the start of the event, so you can keep updated even if you are not planning to attend the Global Platform in person.