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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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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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Plenary - 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


Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

Melchior Mataki, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Solomon Islands


Kathy Oldham, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, UK

Session Moderator Shri Kiren Rijiju, State Minister, India


Participants share experiences and ask the panelists questions


Working Session - 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


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


Anne Akwango, DENIVA, Uganda

Mayra Bermúdez, Mesa Nacional, Incidencia de Gestión del Riesgo, Honduras


Working Session - 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


Violeta Seva, Makati, the Philippines

Relinda Sosa Pérez, President, CONAMOVIDI


Yuri Rafael Della Giustina, Director of Risk Management and Urban Rehabilitation, Ministry of Cities, Brazil

Adam Banaszak, Rapporteur Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Kujawskopomorskie, Poland

Participants listen to panelists


Working Session - 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


Marcial Bonilla, Director of Basic Research, CONACYT, Mexico

Royol Chitradon, Director, Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, Thailand

Participants during the event


Plenary Session - Reducing Vulnerability of Countries in Special Situations

(L-R) Krishna Bahadur Raut, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal; Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Jamaica; Kirsi Madi, UNISDR; Session Co-Chair Fathima Thasneem, Ministry of Defense and National Security, Maldives; Session Co-Chair Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Australia; Yande Mwape, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit, Office of the Vice President, Zambia; and Session Co-Chair Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked and Developing Countries and SIDS


Session Co-Chair Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Australia

Session Co-Chair Fathima Thasneem, Ministry of Defense and National Security, Maldives


Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Jamaica

Session Co-Chair Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked and Developing Countries and SIDS


Krishna Bahadur Raut, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal

Yande Mwape, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit, Office of the Vice President, Zambia


Participants share experiences and ask the panelists questions


Working Session - 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


Working Session - DRR Governance

(L-R) Natalia Ilieva, Executive Assistant to the Secretary General, Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union; Dilanthi Amaratunga, Chair of the DRR Governance ‘Words into Action’ Working Group; María Luisa Romero, Deputy Minister of Government of Panama; Session Co-Chair Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, Sri Lanka; Session Co-Chair Robert Šakić Trogrlić, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Carlos Iván Márquez Pérez, Director, National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, Colombia; and Fadi Hamdan, Managing Director, Disaster Risk Management Centre, Lebanon


Working Session - Ecosystems Protection, Management and Resilient Agriculture

(L-R) Rony Estuardo Granados Mérida, Director, Instituto Nacional de Bosques; Margareta Wahlström, President, Swedish Red Cross; Session Co-Chair Rustam Nazarzoda, Chairman, Committee of Emergency Situation and Civil Defense, Tajikistan; Session Co-Chair Chair Jane Madgwick, CEO Wetlands International; and Adrian Fitzgerald, Policy Lead for Climate Change Policy Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland

Interpreters during the session


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