2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Global Platform for DRR

13-17 May 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

We’re participating in this year’s Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). Here's an outline of the key events we’re involved in.

Throughout the Global Platform we’ll be advocating for a REAL resilience dividend – one that is based on Rights, that Empowers communities, holds everyone Accountable, and Leaves no one behind.

If you’re attending the Global Platform, come and meet us and get involved. You can also keep up-to-date with our activities in Geneva next week by following us on Twitter.

What is the 2019 Global Platform?

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.

How is GNDR involved?

Stakeholder Forum

Monday 13 May & Tuesday 14 May

An opportunity for stakeholders to coordinate and exchange experiences on best practice around inclusion, collaboration and engagement, in preparation for the official sessions of the Global Platform. Discussions will focus on effective collaboration and how the newly-launched UNDRR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism will work, as well as support the implementation of the Sendai Framework in coherence with the other 2030 Agendas. View flyer and find out more.

NGO Preparation Meeting 

Tuesday 14 May, 9 am – 11 am
Maison de Retraite du Petit-Saconnex, 5, Chemin Colladon

A session designed to support NGOs to navigate this year’s Global Platform. We’ll highlight opportunities for engagement and discuss joint advocacy opportunities. Plus, we’ll finalise the NGO statement that will be submitted to UNDRR and read during the official statement sessions. Open to NGO representatives only.

Side Event: Institutionalising Sustainable Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)

Wednesday 15 May, 1 pm – 2.30 pm
Room Geneva, CCV

Join us for a CBDRM cooking session, where local chefs will share the perfect ingredients that make CBDRM sustainable (maintained over time) and institutionalised (established as the norm) within a national or local context. The recently published results are the outcome of a consultation process with civil society organisations from communities across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ignite Stage: Community Voices

Wednesday 15 May to Friday 17 May

In collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), we’re running six events that bring community voices directly to the Global Platform. Communities in countries at risk from disasters will join interactive sessions via live two-way video links and pre-recorded video messages.Full details of Ignite Stage

GNDR sessions:

  • Thursday 16 May, 9.30 am – 10 am: Live connect session with San Mateo community, Rizal Province, Philippines.
  • Thursday 16 May, 5 pm – 5.30 pm: Live connect session with Pencahue community, Maule region, Chile
  • Friday 17 May, 1pm - 1.30 pm: IFRC/GNDR Joint session: Live reflections by community and civil society representatives on the outcome of the Global Platform and ways forward to strengthen community resilience

Innovation Platform (Booth 24): Views from the Frontline

Wednesday 15 May to Friday 17 May

Here people can interact with and discover the results of our global community surveys. We’ve spoken with thousands of local people across 50 countries about priority threats, how risks can be reduced, and the barriers to disaster preparedness. Global Platform participants will get the first glimpse of our digital data and find out what communities in their country have to say. We’ll also have two 360-degree virtual reality videos allowing people to see directly the impact of disasters in Senegal and Chile right now. Full details.

Ignite Stage: Coherence - Building resilience in an integrated way

16 May, 3.45 pm – 4 pm

Join Partners for Resilience, GNDR, Cordaid and the Provincial Government of Cebu Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, to discuss local actor driven contributions to coherence. The session will focus on coherence between the Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda. A best practice example of integrated risk management and multi-stakeholder alliance building from the Philippines will be presented.


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