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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

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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Plenary - 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)


Marcus Oxley, Executive Director, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction, UK

Robert Glasser, SRSG for DRR and Head of UNISDR


Peter Felten, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Natalia Kanem, Assistant Secretary-General, UNFPA


Rohan Richards, Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation, Jamaica

Paloma Merodio Gómez, INEGI


Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa, Secretaría de Gobernación, Mexico

A participant asks a question to the panel


Participants listen to panelists

A slide from Paloma Merodio Gómez’s presentation


Interpretation for hearing impaired participants


Participants during the session


Working Session - Health and Disaster Risk Reduction

Panel speakers for the session


Chadia Wannous, UNISDR

Session Co-Chair Supamit Chunsuttiwat, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand


Session Co-Chair Aida Zabal Laruda, Tolosa Federation of Senior Citizens Organization, the Philippines

Cristina Romanelli, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity


Alex Camacho, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Felipe Cruz Vega, Mexican Social Security Institute


William Karesh, EcoHealth Alliance, US

Tadanori Inomata, Center for International Collaborative Research Institute, Japan


A participant during the session

Timothy Bouley, World Bank


Working Session - 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


Gianluca Silvestrini, Executive Secretary, EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, Council of Europe

Nuria Sanz, UNESCO, Mexico


A participant asks a question to the panel

Simon Lambert, Indigenous Maori, University of Saskatchewan


Participants during the session


Working Session - 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)


Session Co-Chair Dan Lewis, UN-HABITAT

Roberto Moris, National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disasters Management, Chile


Ebru Gencer, Executive Director, CUDRR+R

Session Co-Chair Rolando Ocampo Alcántar, INEGI


Participants listen to panelists


Plenary - Coherence between the Sendai Framework,
the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

(L-R) Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Patricia Espinosa, Executive Director, UNFCCC; Robert Glasser, SRSG and Head of UNISDR; Session Co-Chair Manuel Bessler, Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, Switzerland; Session Co-Chair Willem Rampangilei, Minister, National Disaster Management Authority, Indonesia; Session Co-Chair Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit, Canada; Meleti Bainimarama, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Fiji; and Saber Chowdhury, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Bangladesh


Session Co-Chair Manuel Bessler, Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, Switzerland

Session Co-Chair Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit, Canada


Patricia Espinosa, Executive Director, UNFCCC

Meleti Bainimarama, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Fiji


Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Saber Chowdhury, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Bangladesh


Participants during the session


Closing Ceremony

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


Around the Venue

Parallel events took place at the Ignite stage


The media at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction




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