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Second Session of the Global Platform 
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15-19 June 2009 |Geneva, Switzerland

 
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the way to launch the Global Humanitarian Forum’s "Weather Info for All" at a side event during the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. .   
Highlights for Thursday, 
18 June 2009


On Thursday, participants met in high-level panels on safer schools and hospitals, and on disaster reduction and recovery.  They also took part in roundtable discussions on risk reduction education, and creating disaster risk reduction synergies at the grassroots level.

An informal plenary continued to discuss the mid-term review of the Hyogo Framework of Action, identifying challenges and best practices in disaster risk reduction, as well as financing and climate change adaptation.

In the morning, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched the Global Humanitarian Forum’s "Weather Info for All" initiative, which is aimed at improving Africa’s weather forecasts in the face of the growing impact of climate change, through the continent's widespread mobile phone networks. The initiative is supported by Ericsson, the World Meteorological Organization and mobile telecommunications company Zain.


HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON SAFER SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS

The dais of the high-level panel on safer schools and hospitals.

Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO), noted that many victims die due to inadequate responses.
Carmencita Banatin, Department of Health, the Philippines, said damage to hospitals undermines responses to disasters.
Gerard Bonhoure, Ministry of National Education, France, stressed the importance of scientific knowledge as a basis for policy.

Sulton Rahimov, Head of Department of Ecology and Emergency Situations, Tajikistan,  noted that knowledge, skills and competence are necessary to facilitate appropriate citizen action in times of natural disasters.
Zoubida Allaoua, World Bank, announced the official launch of the Guidance Notes on Safer School Construction Developed by the World Bank and the Inter-Agency Network of Education in Emergencies.
Laura Gurza Jaidar, Ministry of the Interior, Mexico, said her country established hospitals with higher capacity in high-risk areas. 

HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON BUILDING BACK BETTER DISASTER REDUCTION AND THE RECOVERY OPPORTUNITY

Participants at the high-level panel on building back disaster reduction and the recovery opportunity watched a short video on disaster reduction.

Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General, stressed the importance of integrating disaster risk reduction in all aspects of rebuilding.
Dean Hirsch, President and Chief Executive, World Vision International, noted that the involvement of children is an essential component of disaster risk reduction.
Vinay Kumar, Ministry of Home Affairs, India, said India has the legal framework and mechanism in place for rescue and relief efforts as well as reconstruction.

INFORMAL PLENARY

The informal plenary was co-chaired by Jordan Ryan, Assistant Administrator, UNDP and Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General, UNISDR.

ROUNDTABLE ON RISK EDUCATION

The roundtable on risk education.
Co-Chair Margareta Wahlström with Guadalupe Valdez, Deputy Education Minister, Dominican Republic. 

 

Chair Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF, urged participants to listen to the voice of children and adolescents on disaster risk reduction issues.
Sae Kani, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, said that disabled children must be integrated into the disaster risk reduction agenda.

ROUNDTABLE ON CREATING SYNERGIES AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL

Carmen Griffiths, Construction Resource and Development Center, Jamaica, said that disasters bring women together. 
Chair Jemilah Mahmood, Mercy Malaysia, asked panelists to encourage government accountability to grassroots actors on disaster risk reduction issues.
Margaret Arnold, ProVention Consortium, described the work of her organization in post-disaster needs assessment.


SNAPSHOTS

GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN FORUM'S "WEATHER INFO FOR ALLl" 

L-R: Margareta Wahlström, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNISDR; Walter Fust, Global Humanitarian Forum; Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization; Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General ; Carl Henric Svanberg, Erricson and Lord Simon Cairn, Zain.

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