Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, 07-09 March 2017

The Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas took place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 7 – 9 March 2017. Hosted by the Government of Canada in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Regional Platform marked the first opportunity for governments and stakeholders of the Americas to discuss and agree on a Regional Action Plan to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework).

The Sendai Framework recognises Global and Regional Platforms for DRR as key mediums for its implementation, building on the pivotal role that they have already played in supporting the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 – 2015. The Sendai Framework also underscores the need for the Global Platform and the Regional Platforms to function as a coherent system of mechanisms in order to fully leverage on the potential of collaboration across all stakeholders and sectors to provide guidance and support in its implementation.

The main focus of the Fifth Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas was to discuss how governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, private sector, media could drive the implementation and measurement of the expected outcomes of the Sendai Framework in the Americas. More than 1,000 delegates participated, including policy makers, practitioners, experts and disaster risk managers.

The Regional Platform consisted of an intergovernmental segment, technical sessions, parallel and special events where participants were able to interact and discuss the implementation of the Sendai Framework, best practices and lessons learned. A key feature was the High-Level segment where Ministers and other high-level authorities prioritized the DRR agenda for the next two years in the Americas region. A key outcome of this discussion was the approval of a Regional Action Plan for the Americas.