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2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - From Commitment to Action

24-26 May 2017 | Cancún, Mexico

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Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, Minister of Interior, Mexico, and Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for DRR and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), at the end of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction


Highlights for Friday, 26 May 2017

The Fifth Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) met for its last day in Cancún, Mexico, on Friday, 26 May 2017. In the morning, delegates convened in a plenary session to consider the Sendai Framework monitoring. During the session, panelists highlighted issues related to incorporation of national statistics and geo-information into local level plans; the need for countries to include disaster displacement data while implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030; and the importance of integrating DRR principles in curricula to help communities create longer-term DRR and risk management plans.

Shortly after the plenary, delegates broke into three parallel working sessions and discussed cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge; land use and spatial planning; and health and DRR.

In the early afternoon, they reconvened in a plenary session to discuss coherence among the Paris Agreement on climate change, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Sendai Framework. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), highlighted the enormous human and economic costs related to climate change induced disasters, and stressed that integrating climate action and DRR can transform current development realities. Other panelists shared national experiences in integrating policies to address development, climate change and disaster risk; called for a greater focus on humanitarian disasters; and drew attention to actions such as dredging rivers to enhance capacity for glacial melt and prevent flooding which illustrates addressing both climate change impacts and disaster reduction.

Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNISDR, underlined the fundamental role of stakeholder inclusion, and called for coherence among national governments, local communities, the private sector, donor partners, and within the UN system. He underscored the importance of political will and strong leadership to ensure preparedness for multiple disasters at the national level.

During the closing ceremony, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Minister of Interior, Mexico, conveyed key actions from the Chairs’ Summary including creating and implementing strategic methodologies for information management on risks and threats; strengthening institutional coordination and collaboration, from the community level to multilateral agreements; and promoting an enabling environment for development of public private partnerships. Glasser encouraged delegates to consider DRR as a set of tools to overcome painful events, plan for the future, and step outside established silos. Kirsi Madi, Director, UNISDR, closed the meeting at 5:43 pm.

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The dais during the plenary sesion on the Sendai Framework Monitoring (L-R) Peter Felten, Federal Foreign Office, Germany; Rohan Richards, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Jamaica; Marcus Oxley, Executive Director, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction, UK; Robert Glasser, SRSG for DRR and Head of UNISDR; Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa, Secretaría de Gobernación, Mexico; Marc Gordon, UNISDR; Paloma Merodio Gómez, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografía Mexico (INEGI); and Natalia Kanem, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Population Fund (UNFPA)


Participants listen to panelists

A slide from Paloma Merodio Gómez’s presentation


Panel speakers for the working session on Health and Disaster Risk Reduction


The dais during the working session on Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Knowledge (L-R) Todd Kuiack, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Canada; Lara Steil, Brazilian National Center for Prevention and Combat of Forest Fires, PREVFOGO; Gianluca Silvestrini, Executive Secretary, EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, Council of Europe; Session Co-Chair Ana Lucy Bengochea, Community Leader, Garifuna, Honduras; Session Co-Chair Kiren Rijiju, State Minister for Home Affairs, India; Nuria Sanz, UNESCO, Mexico; and Simon Lambert, Indigenous Maori, University of Saskatchewan

The dais during the working session on Promoting Land Use and Spatial Planning for DRR (L-R) Roberto Moris, National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disasters Management, Chile; Miho Ohara, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Japan; Session Co-Chair Rolando Ocampo Alcántar, Mexican National Institute of Statistic and Geography (INEGI); Session Co-Chair Dan Lewis, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT); and Ebru Gencer, Executive Director, Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (CUDRR+R)


A view of the room while participants watch a video with highlights from the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction


Robert Glasser, SRSG for DRR and Head of UNISDR

Manuel Bessler, Vice-Director, Delegate for Humanitarian Aid, Switzerland


Moderator Kirsi Madi, UNISDR

Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, Minister of Interior, Mexico


Participants listen to a mariachi band the end of the meeting


Highlights for Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Fifth Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) met for a second day in Cancún, Mexico on Thursday, 25 May 2017. In the morning, delegates convened in a plenary session to consider national and local DRR strategies. They heard from local and national level experts and practitioners, with many delegates calling: to prioritize the role of women in reducing disaster risk; to ensure a people-centered approach to the design of DRR strategies rather than an infrastructure-centered one; and for greater inclusivity in the creation of local and national DRR strategies. Shortly after the plenary, delegates broke into three parallel working sessions and discussed science and technology, local authorities and community resilience.

In the afternoon, they met in a plenary session under the banner “Reducing Vulnerability of Countries in Special Situations,” with panelists calling for implementing the Sendai Framework whilst taking advantage of opportunities presented by the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. They also shared experiences from least developed and landlocked countries in recovery and reconstruction efforts; stressed the need for education and public awareness in Small Island Developing States to ensure better disaster preparedness; and highlighted the importance of national disaster risk frameworks to meet the goals set out in the Sendai Framework.

Thereafter, delegates convened in three parallel working sessions on DRR governance, ecosystem protection, management and resilient agriculture, and inclusive and people-centered DRR.

Side events were held over the lunch break. In the evening, delegates attended the Sasakawa Award Ceremony, after which they were treated to a reception hosted by the state of Quintana Roo.

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The dais during the plenary session on National and Local DRR Strategies Pave the Way for Action by All (L-R) Kathy Oldham, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, UK; Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management; Ricardo Mena, UNISDR; Session Co-Chair Joaquín Roa, Minister for National Emergencies, Paraguay; Session Moderator Shri Kiren Rijiju, State Minister, India; Session Co-Chair Denisse Ugalde Alegría, Mayor of Tlalnepantla, Mexico; and Melchior Mataki, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Solomon Islands


Session Co-Chair Denisse Ugalde Alegría, Mayor of Tlalnepantla, Mexico

Session Co-Chair Joaquín Roa, Minister for National Emergencies, Paraguay


Kathy Oldham, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, UK

Session Moderator Shri Kiren Rijiju, State Minister, India


The dais during the working session on Accelerating Efforts in Building Community Resilience to Disasters (L-R) Vicente Raimundo Núñez-Flores, European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO); Iván Andrey Brenes, President, National Commission for Prevention of Risks and Emergency Response, Costa Rica; Anne Akwango, Development Network of Voluntary Indigenous Associations (DENIVA), Uganda; Session Co-Chair Win Myat Aye, Minister of Social Welfare, Myanmar; Session Co-Chair Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; Mayra Bermúdez, Mesa Nacional, Incidencia de Gestión del Riesgo, Honduras; and Kiyoshi Murakami, Senior Executive Advisor, City of Rikuzentakata, Japan


The dais during the working session on Achieving the Sendai Framework and SDG’s Target at Local Level (L-R) Violeta Seva, Makati, the Philippines; Adam Banaszak, Rapporteur Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Kujawskopomorskie, Poland; Yuri Rafael Della Giustina, Director of Risk Management and Urban Rehabilitation, Ministry of Cities, Brazil; Session Co-Chair Riadh Mouakhar, Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, Government of Tunisia; Session Co-Chair Relinda Sosa Pérez, President, National Confederation of Women Organised for Life and Integrated Development (CONAMOVIDI); Juan Ernesto Zapata Silva, Secretary of Security and Governance, Municipality of Quito, Ecuador; and Matthew Lynch, Vice President, Global Partnerships & Initiatives, World Council on City Data


The dais during the working session on Contribution of Science and Technology to Achieving the 2020 Sendai Target (L-R) Gordon McBean, President, ICSU; Ian Clark, European Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre, European Commission (EC); Juan Carlos Villagrán, Head, UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER); Chadia Wannous, UNISDR; Renato Solidum, Undersecretary for DRR and Climate Change, Department of Science and Technology, the Philippines; Irina Rafliana, Executive Secretary, International Center for Interdisciplinary and Advanced Research, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia; Marcial Bonilla, Director of Basic Research, Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico; and Royol Chitradon, Director, Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, Thailand


Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Australia, Co-Chair of the plenary session on Reducing Vulnerability of Countries in Special Situations

Fathima Thasneem, Ministry of Defense and National Security, Maldives, Co-Chair of the plenary session on Reducing Vulnerability of Countries in Special Situations


The dais during the working session on Inclusive & People Centered DRR (L-R) Mary Jack, ActionAid, Vanuatu; Raphael Obonyo, Kenya; Session Co-Chair Natalia Kanem, Deputy Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA); Session Co-Chair Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator for SDGs, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh; Lenny Rosalin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Indonesia; and Carlos Kaiser Mansilla, Executive Director, ONG Inclusiva, Chile

Group photo at the end of the Sasakawa Award Ceremony


Hightlights for Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Fifth Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) opened in Cancún, Mexico, on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. This followed two preparatory days, during which delegates met in regional meetings and networking sessions.

Meeting for the first time since the approval of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Japan in 2015, delegates convened for a brief plenary session in the morning. They then broke out into special sessions and working sessions, which met in parallel throughout the morning. Two special sessions considered the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information, and enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “build back better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. During the four working sessions in the morning, delegates considered: critical infrastructure, international cooperation, risk insurance, and the Sendai Framework Monitor Prototype.

In the afternoon, delegates attended an opening ceremony, attended by Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, who called for enhanced prevention and preparedness measures to address disaster risk. Also in attendance was Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, who underscored that DRR and climate change resilience are integral to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

High-level delegates then convened in a closed-door Leaders Forum. Others convened in two parallel working sessions to consider risk information and disaster loss databases, and private sector engagement in DRR.

Side events were also held over the lunch break and in the late afternoon. In the evening, participants attended a reception hosted by the Government of Mexico.

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Official photo following the Leaders Forum


Remberto Estrada Barba, Mayor of the Municipality of Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Luis Felipe Puente, Coordinador General, Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil (SINAPROC), Mexico


Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

Remberto Estrada Barba, Mayor of the Municipality of Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo, Mexico and Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR and Head of UNISDR, at the end of the session


The dais during the working session on Critical Infrastructure (L-R) Rubem Hofliger, Swiss Re; Michele Young, Asia Regional Shelter and Construction Advisor, Save the Children; P.K. Mishra, Prime Minister’s Office; Session Chair Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, Afghanistan; Hirotada Matsuki, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan; Hans Sy, President SM Prime; and Inés Gutiérrez, Peru


The dais during the working session on Risk Insurance (L-R) Sophia Belay, Oxfam America; Shaun Tarbuck, CEO, International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation; Phil Evans, COO, Met Office; Session Co-Chair Riikka Laatu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland; Session Co-Chair Simon Young, African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited; Liliana Cardozo de Cano, Tarjy; and Robert Muir-Wood, Risk Management Solutions

Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, and Amina Mohamed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, before the opening ceremony


Mayan cultural performance at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction


The dais during the opening ceremony


Carlos Joaquin Gonzales, Governor, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR and Head of UNISDR


Amina Mohamed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Luis Videgaray Caso, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico


Participants watched a video on DRR activities in Mexico


Amina Mohamed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, and Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico

Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico


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