Heads of state, ministers, policy makers, mayors, disaster risk managers and other leaders from the private sector, academe and civil society will be among the 5,000 participants gathered in Cancun, Mexico for the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which starts today (May 22) and runs until May 26, 2017.
The Global Platform was established in 2006 and is the main venue at the global level for discussions on the implementation of international DRR instruments. It is considered as the “foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations” (UNISDR, 2016). This is the fifth time the Global Platform has been held, after successful events in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.
The key outcomes expected from the 2017 Global Platform are:
- A stronger and more sustainable movement to reduce disaster risk worldwide that leads to increased responsibility for strengthening 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.
- Guidance and new alliances for the development and use of tools and methodologies aimed at understanding and applying the economics and investment of disaster risk reduction.
- A forum to discuss progress under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Events that follow up and advance the agenda of the 2013 Global Platform.
- Priorities and directions reflected in the outcome document: the Chair’s Summary.
More information about the 2017 Global Platform can be found on its official website.