Meeting the objectives of a sustainable Global Platform will require the collective commitment of the organizing secretariat and individual participants to advance the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the meeting.

A number of measures are being implemented to minimize the environmental impacts and to maximize the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the 2017 Global Platform.

UNISDR is promoting a "paper smart" Global Platform with a target of reducing paper use by at least 50%. To do this, the UNISDR is deploying a "Conference Box" system for electronic delivery of documents, in addition to providing access to all documents through the Global Platform website. In addition, UNISDR is reducing paper use, publication and other document distribution by promoting electronic version use.

While UNISDR is actively reducing its own fossil-fuel consumption by doing the above, we are also encouraging voluntary carbon offsetting to reduce the Global Platform-related carbon footprint. We will voluntarily purchase carbon offsets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, paper use, and other activities related to the meeting.

Once the Global Platform secretariat has done all it can to plan a sustainable event, it will be the turn of delegates to ensure the meeting achieves its social, economic and environmental objectives. To this end a guidance note has been prepared advising delegates on matters such as transportation – including information about shuttle buses to help delegates get around – accommodation, dining and reducing the use of paper and other resources such as water and energy. To ensure the conference has a positive impact on the local economy, delegates are also invited to make use of local businesses and to shop for local products.

A largely unavoidable source of emissions will be those generated by participants travelling to Cancun for the Global Platform. Delegates are urged to quantify their emissions and, where possible, offset them by financing local sustainable development projects, including afforestation and reforestation projects.