Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction
Regional Platforms are multi-stakeholder forums that reflect the commitment of governments to improve coordination and implementation of disaster risk reduction activities while linking to international and national efforts.
Regional platforms provide a forum for all those engaged in disaster risk reduction to showcase practical applications for disaster risk reduction, exchange experience and develop joint statements, strategies and action plans, which guide decision makers and practitioners.
UNISDR's regional offices serve as the supporting secretariat for regional platforms.
Regional platforms for disaster risk reduction evolved steadily over the life of the 2005-2015 Hyogo Framework. In the final years of the Hyogo Framework, platform participants called for stronger recognition of regional mechanisms to implement and oversee disaster risk reduction. Risks and vulnerabilities go beyond national boundaries and hence often need to be addressed across borders. In the post-2015 Sendai Framework era, regional platforms remain a key opportunity to tackle trans-boundary issues around disaster prevention and preparedness, provide leadership and direction, and propose solutions to address disaster risk and to build the resilience of communities and nations.
Regional Platform for Africa
Participants from African countries and beyond gathered in Mauritius in November 2016, for the 6th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. All stakeholders, from governments and UN organizations through NGOs to the private sector, made a common commitment to a continent-wide plan to implement the Sendai Framework, with the aim of building the resilience of African communities and nations to disaster risk and adapting to a changing climate.
Regional Platform for the Americas
The 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction of the Americas takes place from 7-9 March in Montreal, Canada. It provides an important opportunity for countries from across the Americas to set out a common stance ahead of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, hosted by Mexico in May.
Regional Platform for the Arab States
UNISDR, the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the South Sinai Governorate and the League of Arab States organized the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in September 2014. Building on the outcomes of the first such conference, held in Jordan in March 2013, the meeting highlighted the progress of disaster risk reduction efforts and reviewed the implementation of the Hyogo Framework in the Arab region. It also shaped regional priorities for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Regional Platform for Asia
Hosted by the Government of India, the 7th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction took place in New Delhi in November 2016. It brought together ministers in charge of disaster risk management, governments, communities and other stakeholders from Asia and the Pacific, and approved a landmark regional plan to implement the Sendai Framework.
Regional Platform for Europe
The 7th Annual Meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction was hosted by the Government of Finland in Helsinki in October 2016. Participants built on a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework that had been adopted at the 2015 edition in Paris. The European Forum facilitates the exchange of information and knowledge, coordinating efforts throughout the European region and advocating for effective action to reduce disasters.
Regional Platform for the Pacific
The Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management was hosted by the Government of Fiji in Suva in October 2016. In a joint declaration wrapping up the meeting, the 17 countries reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger and more resilient region in the face of rising climate impacts.
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