Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Cancun, Mexico
From: 22.05.2017 to: 26.05.2017

Organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), as recognized by the UN General Assembly, is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction. It was established in 2006 and is now the world's foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations.

The 2017 Global Platform will be held in Cancun, Mexico on 22-26 May. It will mark the first opportunity for the international community to review global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted in Japan in 2015. More than 5 000 participants are expected, including Heads of State and Government, ministers, mayors, parliamentarians, senior leaders from the United Nations, leaders in the private sector, science and technology, academia, civil society and more.

The key expected outcomes during the 2017 Global Platform include:
• A stronger and more sustainable movement to reduce disaster risk worldwide that leads to increased responsibility for strengthening resilience to disasters;
• A dynamic and trend-setting forum for decision makers, partners, experts and practitioners to announce initiatives, launch products, share information, promote campaigns and provide evidence around disaster risk reduction;
• Guidance and new alliances for the development and use of tools and methodologies aimed at understanding and applying the economics and investment of disaster risk reduction;
• A forum to discuss progress under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
• Events that follow up and advance the agenda of the 2013 Global Platform; and
• Priorities and directions reflected in the outcome document: the Chair's Summary.

The official event hashtags are #MexicoGP2017 and #Switch2Sendai.

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Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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