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.
Risks and vulnerabilities go beyond national boundaries so inter-governmental collaboration is key to addressing disaster risk reduction at a regional level.
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.
UNDRR's regional offices serve as the supporting secretariat for regional platforms.
Regional platforms for disaster risk reduction evolved steadily between 2005-2015. In the final years of the Hyogo Framework, platform participants called for stronger recognition of regional mechanisms to implement and oversee disaster risk reduction.
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 relevant solutions to address disaster risk and to build the resilience of communities and nations.