2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction

Matosinhos, Portugal
From: 24.11.2021 to: 26.11.2021

The 2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (2021 EFDRR) will take place from 24 to 26 November 2021 under the chairmanship of Portugal. The 2021 edition of EFDRR will feature three plenary sessions and six working sessions, aiming to address complex and interlinked areas that need due attention. The EFDRR is organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe in collaboration with the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

The EFDRR forms the regional platform structure of Europe. The triennial EFDRR has established itself as an important vehicle to address the regional disaster risk challenges. It serves as a forum for other stakeholders to take a shared responsibility and make actionable commitments to reduce disaster risk. The conference, true to the multi-stakeholder spirit of the Sendai Framework, enables governments and stakeholders to exchange experiences on successful practices and innovative approaches to prevent, reduce and manage disaster risk. This results in forward looking action plans based on a mutual sharing status of DRR implementation.

The outcomes of EFDRR forum are included in the United Nations Secretary General’s report to the General Assembly, in the deliberations at the High Level Political Forum in New York and at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Expected outcomes

  • Good practices and knowledge on disaster risk-informed policies, programmes and investments are shared, with a particular focus on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the following recovery;
  • Partnerships are forged for increased disaster resilience;
  • Progress is assessed in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR in the region.
  • The integration of disaster risk management in relevant sectors, particularly the health sector, is promoted for longer term resilience;
  • Contributions to the follow-up processes of United Nations conferences and summits are made.
  • Establish a common understanding of the common challenges and immediate threats in Europe
  • Agree on a joint future vision of a disaster resilient European and Central Asian region in 2030
  • Adoption of the 2021-2030 EFDRR RoadMap

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