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Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Summary of Meeting
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Panel for the closing session
On Friday, 13 May, Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, introduced in plenary the Chair's Summary, which highlighted the consensus points from the discussions that had taken place over the course of the week. She said the next challenge is to assist countries and communities in implementing disaster risk reduction.

Zoubida Allaoua, Director for Finance, Economics and Urban Development, World Bank, presented outcomes of the World Reconstruction Conference, which took place during the Third Session of the Global Platform, suggesting that one main challenge is to align short-term reconstruction efforts with long-term development. She said important steps forward are to ensure access to reliable reconstruction finance, establish a global reconstruction knowledge practice and provide access to data.

Margareta Wahlström gaveled the meeting to a close at 12:21pm.

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Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction
Zoubida Allaoua, Director for Finance, Economics, and Urban Development,
World Bank
Andre speaking on behalf of children

Delegates applauding Andre's speech
Margareta Wahlström in discussion with
delegates prior to the closing session

Friday, 29 April

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Marisol Estrella, UNEP
Arman Aardal, Norway
Ethel Sigimanu, Solomon Islands
L-R: Glauber De Medeiros Braga, Member of Parliament, and Milton Rondó Filho, Brazil

Delegates reviewing the Chair's Summary
Margareta Wahlström having a snack with YMBers


Thursday, 12 May
On Thursday, 12 May, participants met in a plenary on DRR and climate change adaptation, followed by general plenary statements in the morning and afternoon. An informal plenary on the implementation of the outcomes of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework of Action continued for a second day as well as a number of roundtables on managing watersheds, children for resilience, DRR and gender, DRR safety nets and mountains at risk. Winners of the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction were announced in an evening ceremony.

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Roundtable: DRR and Gender

L-R: Laura Gurza Jaidar, Mexico, Dhar Chakrabarti, India, Lily Caravantes, Guatemala, Margareta Wahlström,
UN Special Representative for DRR, Lorena Aguilar, IUCN, Saumura Tioulong, Cambodia, Polotu Fakafanua Paunga, Tonga

Roundtable: Children for Resilience

Tricia and Andre, youth delegates, the Philippines
Alan March, Assistant Director General, AusAID and Johnston, youth delegate, Kenya


Wednesday, 11 May
On Wednesday, 11 May, participants continued meeting in plenary to discuss the economics of disasters, followed by an informal plenary on the implementation of the outcomes of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action. A high-level panel discussion on responding to natural disasters took place as part of the World Reconstruction Conference being held during the Global Platform.

General statements continued in morning and afternoon sessions as well as roundtables and featured events on public investment, private sector engagement, protecting critical infrastructure, and the economics of effective prevention.

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Plenary: The Economics of Disaster – Effective Financial Instruments to Reduce Risk

Moderated by Raghida Dergham (center), Al Hayat News Agency, panelists in the plenary on economics of disaster discussed national, local and corporate spending, and the most effective instruments to ensure that investments reduce risk from natural hazards.

Informal Plenary: Implementation of the Outcomes of the HFA Mid-term Review

Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and Kenzo Oshima, Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency, co-chair an informal plenary on the implementation outcomes of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework of Action
Letizia Rossano, Senior Coordinator of the HFA Mid-term Review

Feature Event: Economics of Effective Prevention

Apurva Sanghi, World Bank
Vanessa Rosales Ardón, Costa Rica
Michel Jarraud, WMO


Tuesday, 10 May
Building on previous sessions, the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is being organized around the overall theme: Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow – Increased Investment in Local Action. As the primary multistakeholder forum for all parties involved in DRR, the Global Platform is an opportunity for leaders, decision-makers, practitioners and experts to share their experiences, commit to action and further guide the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) system. The Session was preceded by two days of preparatory meetings and a key feature of this year's Global Platform will be the World Reconstruction Conference.

On Tuesday, 10 May, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Third Session, which is being attended by approximately 3,000 participants, including representatives from over 170 governments, 20 ministers and 30 mayors, and 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Throughout the day, participants met in high-level plenary sessions, roundtables on preparedness, nuclear emergencies, local action and wildfire risk, as well as a dialogue with parliamentarians and mayors and a briefing on the 2011 Global Assessment Report.

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Opening Plenary

Dais L-R: Shozo Azuma, Japan, Gjorge Ivanov, Macedonia, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Ajaratou Isatou Njie-Saidy, The Gambia, and Peter Maurer, Switzerland

Plenary: "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow - Increase Investment in Local Action"

Abdou Sane, Senegal
Zeinab Badawi, Moderator
Sandra Wu, Japan
Prema Gopalan, Swayam Shikshan Prayog

Preparedness and Nuclear Emergencies

L-R: Kenichi Suganuma, Japan, Laurent Michel, France, Tibor Tóth, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Yuri Brazhnikov, Russia, Rashid Khalikov, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva (Moderator), Elena Buglova, International Atomic Energy Agency, and Maria Neira, World Health Organization

Related Links
Meeting resources
*Official website of the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
*Meeting programme
*Meeting timetable
*Meeting key documents
*World Reconstruction Conference (WRC)
*WRC Innovation Competition
*UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
*PreventionWeb

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 15-19 June 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS Summary Report of the First Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 5-7 June 2007, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR), 18-22 January 2005, Kobe and Hyogo, Japan
*IISD RS Summary Report of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee Meeting for WCDR, 11-12 October 2004, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF - TEXT)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for WCDR, 6-7 May 2004, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF - TEXT) (French: HTML - PDF - TEXT)
*IISD RS Summary Report of The Second Conference on Early Warning, 16-18 October 2003, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF - TEXT)
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