- May 15, 2019

Geneva, 12-17 May 2019

The sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) is taking place in Geneva from 15 to 17 May 2019. Established as a biennial multi-stakeholder forum by the UN General Assembly, the Global Platform is a critical component of the monitoring and implementation process of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction(2015-2030). 

The aim of the Global Platform is to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk. The outcomes of the Global Platform inform the deliberations of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the UN 2019 Climate Summit from a disaster risk reduction perspective. 

The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities: Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reductionis actively engaged in the GP2019, with the aim to bring a strong message that disaster risk reduction must be inclusive of persons with disabilities.


Sendai Global Platform meeting 2019

12 – 14 May: Preparatory Meetings

On Sunday, members of the group had an occasion to provide each other with an update of the work done, as well as to discuss actions to be taken during the Global Platform. 

On Monday morning, the group took part in the Opening Ceremony of the Stakeholders’ Forum, taking the chance to make a brief statement about the importance of inclusion of persons with disabilities in DRR and of inclusive policies. 

On Monday afternoon, the Stakeholder Group broke into regional groups and discussed issues, challenges and opportunities relating to DRR in their respective regions. Common points included:

  • There needs to be better articulation and involvement among governmental institutions. Governmental support is fundamental to achieve concrete goals, support for resources and capacity building. 
  • Disaster risk reduction is still not given the priority it needs
  • Better coordination and coordination mechanisms among organizations are necessary to achieve the set goals especially when seeking further engagement in disability inclusion from different stakeholders. 

A panel discussion comprising five speakers briefed the Stakeholder Group, followed by a Q&A:

  • Ms. Mirjam Gasser, Advocacy Advisor, CBM: reflection on disability stakeholder engagement in the 2017 Global Platform, lessons-learned for 2019 
  • Mr. Mohsin, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR): presentation on the International Conference on Disability and DRM and Dhaka Declaration 2015
  • Ms. Stefanie Dannenmann-Di Palma, External Relations Officer, UNDRR: inclusion of persons with disabilities in the monitoring of the Sendai Framework
  • Ms. Marcie Roth, CEO, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies: information regarding the GP Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism and opportunities for the TGDRR
  • Mr. Facundo Chavez Penillas, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR: update on the UN Disability Inclusion strategy

Setareki Makanawi at Sendai Global Platform meeting in Geneva 2019

Day 1, Wednesday 15 May

The Stakeholder Group is participating across the in the following meetings and events:

  • High Level Dialogue on the Progress Made in Implementing Sendai Framework - Global and Regional Perspectives, 10.00am to 11.30am
  • Opening Ceremony of the Sendai Global Platform, 12.00pm to 13.00pm
  • Discussion on Safe, Smart and Inclusive Hospitals" in the context of Disability Inclusion in Hospital Disaster Risk Management (INGRID-H), 12.45 to 14.00pm
  • High Level Meeting on Advances in National and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies - Towards Meeting the First of the Sendai Framework Targets, 14.30pm to 16.00pm
  • Special Session on Woman Leadership in DRR, 14.30pm to 16.00pm
  • Side Event on Localizing the Sendai Framework: a Global Approach for Resilient Cities, 14.30pm to 16.00pm
  • Working Session on the Sendai Framework Implementation 16.30pm to 18.00pm

The Stakeholder Group will meet at 6.00 pm in CICG room 4 following the working session on SF Implementation.

Day 2, Thursday 16 May
The Stakeholder Group is participating in the following meetings:

  • High Level Dialogue on Risk Informed Public and Private investments, 9.00am to 10.30am
  • Advocacy Session on the Dhaka Declaration, 17.00 to 19.00

Day 3, Friday 17 May

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 IDA members participating at Sendai Global Platform meeting in Geneva 2019

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Sendai Global Platform meeting in Geneva 2019

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