Global Platform: Special events to highlight projects and achievements

Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

The upcoming Global Platform on Disaster Reduction will feature an impressive 42 thematic special events, which will complement and support the high-level plenary sessions. The events will focus on different aspects of disaster risk reduction, including climate change adaptation as one of the key feature of the overall Global Platform discussions.

“The special events give all partners a chance to showcase their projects, achievements and good practices”, says Christel Rose from UNISDR who coordinates all the special events. “They are both top-down and bottom-up initiatives and are highly relevant to the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters” continues Ms Rose.

Amongst the topics presented are: early warning, the importance of indigenous knowledge for disaster reduction and food security. Furthermore, the events range from risk financing and insurance via children as the most important group to build local resilience to policymaking at EU level.

“We are grateful for the high response rate, the willingness to join forces and the breadth of topics covered that will undoubtedly enrich the overall Global Platform’s discussions” says Ms Rose.

The special events’ formats are multi-facetted and will provide room for active discussions. The ‘Hyogo Hard Talk’ event, for example, will take on the shape of a reality show. Organized by the Bond Group, a network of Non-Governmental Organizations, a rigorous debate on the success of the Hyogo Framework for Action will take place.

Bringing together different stakeholders such as policymakers, NGOs and international organizations like the World Bank and UNICEF among many others, the outcomes of the special events will inform the overall Chair’s Summary of the 2009 Global Platform and are expected to serve as a solid basis for the Copenhagen Conference discussions on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction.

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