Global platform for disaster risk reduction 2013: Fourth session

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
19-23 May 2013
Switzerland (Geneva)

The Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction aims to continue the momentum into a durable and sustained effort from all actors - governments, NGOs and civil society, international agencies and organizations, academic and technical institutions, and the private sector - to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing resilience in our communities. The Fourth Session will also be an opportunity to progress and consult on the Hyogo Framework for Action. Background: The Third Session of the Global Platform in 2011 motivated participants to coalesce into one voice for strong community involvement and engagement in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Participants emphasized that not only local communities and governments, but civil society, children and young people, academia and the private sector must be involved in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). The Global Platform in 2011 essentially resolved to find political and economic solutions to reduce the risks of disasters. Sunday 19 May is reserved as a preparation day, and Monday 20 May for innovative dialogue. The official agenda runs from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 May. Key outcomes to achieve during the Fourth Session: • A stronger and more sustainable ISDR movement world-wide that leads to increased responsibility for reinforcing resilience to disasters. • A dynamic and trend-setting forum for decision makers, partners, experts and practitioners to announce initiatives, launch products, share information, promote campaigns, and provide evidence around disaster risk reduction. • Directions and new alliances for the development and use of new tools and methodologies aimed at understanding and applying the economics and investment in disaster risk reduction. • A forum to discuss progress and consult over a post-Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA). • Events that follow-up and progress on the 2011 Global Platform (examples may include an update on disaster loss in schools and hospitals, accounting for disaster losses, the status of National Platforms, and progress of the Children’s Charter for Disaster Risk Reduction). • Priorities and directions reflected in the outcome document - the Chair’s Summary.

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