35 days to go to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico

20 Apr 2017

Dear partners,

Final Agenda
The final agenda of the Global Platform (GP) is now available on the GP website. For more information, follow this link: http://unisdr.org/go/gp2017/programme

Please note that on Wednesday, 24 May, there will be a Welcome Plenary Session at 9H30 followed by various Working Sessions and Special Sessions. The Opening Ceremony will take place on 24 May at 15H00 in the presence of the President of Mexico, Heads of State/Government and high-level authorities.

The 2017 Global Platform will be a paper-smart conference, and therefore, participants are strongly discouraged from bringing print materials. Instead, UNISDR encourages all interested parties to create/update a profile and upload documents via the UNISDR PreventionWeb website http://www.preventionweb.net/english/submit/.

If a document is new and for launch at the 2017 Global Platform, kindly mention this when uploading the document and it will also appear on the 2017 Global Platform website.

Preparatory Events taking place prior to the Global Platform
A high number of Preparatory Events will take place in the days prior to the Global Platform (20-22 May). To see a list of all these events, please follow this link: http://unisdr.org/go/gp2017/preparatory

Multi Hazard Early Warning Conference
The Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference is taking place on 22-23 May 2017 at the same venue as the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico. The Conference is hosted by Mexico and organized by WMO, UNISDR, UNESCO, UNESCO/IOC and the World Bank/GFDRR (see website for full list of partners). The Conference is financed by the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative, USAID and the Governments of Mexico and Spain. For information on the Conference programme and objectives please visit the website http://www.wmo.int/earlywarnings2017/. Due to limited space, registration is by invitation only. Participants in the Global Platform who are interested in participating in the Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference can contact the organizers through the Conference email address: mhew2017@wmo.int. Invited participants will have to be pre-register for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Side Events
There will be 45 Side Events taking place during the GP from 24 to 26 May. These will cover a broad range of topics related to disaster risk reduction, the Sendai Framework and its implementation. The full list of Side Events is now available at the following link: http://unisdr.org/go/gp2017/side-events

Speed Networking
Space and materials will be provided for participants to organize 1-hr long speed networking sessions for up to 30 persons. Thank you to all our partners who have expressed interest in setting up their own speed networking events! Expressions of interest will be accepted up until Monday, 24 April (by email to Ms. Maria Hasan at hasan3@un.org). Details will be shared on the following link soon after the 24 April deadline: http://unisdr.org/go/gp2017/networking

Visas for Mexico and Hotel Bookings
Participants need to process visa applications as soon as possible. Detailed information on formalities to enter Mexico is available through the following link: http://unisdr.org/go/gp2017/practical

Hotel rooms at negotiated reduced rates are being assigned on a first come first serve basis. If you want to take advantage of reduced rates you need to book your hotel soon.