The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Global Platform for DRR

The world's foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations.

The Global Platform for Disaster Reduction was established in 2007 and takes place every two years. The Fourth Session took place from 19-23 May 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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"The international community must "risk proof" development because disasters are taking a heavy toll on rich and poor countries as well as outpacing their ability to respond"
-- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a biennial forum for information exchange, discussion of latest development and knowledge and partnership building across sectors, with the goal to improve implementation of disaster risk reduction through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders. It is for government representatives, NGOs, scientists, practitioners, and UN organizations to share experiences and formulate strategic guidance and advice for the implementation of the HFA.


The Global Platform is managed by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. It is the world's foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations. A core function of the Global Platform is to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action.

Visit previous sessions of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Global Platform 2013 website Global Platform 2011 website Global Platform 2009 website Global Platform 2007 website

Before the establishment of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, an Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Disaster Reduction, led by UNISDR, met regularly between 2000-2005. The purpose of the Task Force was to serve as the main forum within the United Nations to discuss the issue of disaster reduction and in particular for defining strategies for international cooperation at all levels in this field. The United Nations General Assembly convened a World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan from 18 to 22 January 2005 with the aim to take stock of progress in disaster risk reduction accomplished since the Yokohama Conference of 1994 and to make plans for the next ten years. This resulted in the Hyogo Framework of Action.

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