Remote participation

In order to increase the opportunities for participation in the 2019 Global Platform from around the world, multiple opportunities for accessible remote participation will be offered. The overall goal is to increase access to the conference for participants around the world who would otherwise not be able to attend. The overarching mechanism for remote participation is via accessible web-conferencing using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. A selected series of side-events and working-sessions will include the opportunity of remote participation throughout the week of the 2019 Global Platform.

Persons interested in participating in this way, may use their personal computers or the free mobile application called Blackboard (which must be installed in advance). If you would like to participate remotely in the selected sessions, please see the link below to the conference program, with links to the sessions allowing remote participation:

The remote session will allow participants to view selected live conference sessions, which include English closed-captioning. Participants will also be able to ask/answer questions via online messaging or video/audio.
For help with the accessibility features of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, please see the following link:

The primary accessibility key combinations for the main accessibility tools in Collaborate:
• To turn the microphone on and off, press Alt + M in Windows. On a Mac, press Option + M.
• To turn the camera on and off, press Alt + C in Windows. On a Mac, press Option + C.
• To raise and lower your hand, press Alt + H in Windows. On a Mac, press Option + C.
• To move to the next slide, press Alt + Page Up. On a Mac, press Alt + Fn + Up Arrow.
• To move back a slide, press Alt + Page Down. On a Mac, press Alt + Fn + Down Arrow.

Accessible Remote participation at the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction has been made possible through a collaboration between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) ( and the Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University (