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Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
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.
Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Opens in Geneva
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Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, speaks in the opening plenary.

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

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank
Gjorge Ivanov, Macedonia
Ajaratou Isatou Njie-Saidy, The Gambia
Shozo Azuma, Japan

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

Global Assessment Report Briefing

Andrew Maskrey, UNISDR
Tricia Holly Davis, Willis Group
Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction

Saumura Tioulong, Cambodia
Maureen Ballestero, Costa Rica
Mel Sen Sarmiento, the Philippines

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

Fadi Hamdam, Disaster Risk Management Centre
Adam Koniuszewski, Green Cross

Roundtable on Preparedness

Bruce Aylward, World Health Organization
Christine Marin, France
Maria Neira, World Health Organization

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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

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*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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