The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Cancun, Mexico on 22-26 May 2017. It was the first time the most important international forum dedicated to the disaster risk reduction agenda has been staged outside Geneva.
The Global Platform marked the first opportunity for the international community to review global progresses in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted in Japan in 2015. More than 5,000 participants were expected, including policy makers and disaster risk managers.
Among other events, on 24 May 2017 the Global Platform hosted the Leaders’ Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction. Chaired by H.E. Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of Mexico, it saw the participation of Heads of States and governments, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Vice-President for Sustainable Development of the World Bank, executives of intergovernmental organizations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, parliamentarians, local government representatives, business and civil society executives and other stakeholders. Notably, the Leaders’ Forum aimed to determine and commit to practical measures for the reduction of economic losses to disasters and the resilience of persons, communities, countries and their assets and livelihoods with a focus on infrastructure and housing. The Final Communiqué can be accessed here.
Furthermore, key outcomes of the Global Platform included:
- A stronger and more sustainable movement to reduce disaster risk worldwide that leads to increased responsibility for strengthening resilience to disasters.
- A forum for decision makers, partners, experts and practitioners to announce initiatives, launch products, share information, promote campaigns, and provide evidence around disaster risk reduction.
- Guidance and new alliances for the development and use of tools and methodologies aimed at understanding and applying the economics and investment of disaster risk reduction.
- A forum to discuss progresses under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Events that follow up and advance the agenda of the 2013 Global Platform.
Priorities and directions reflected in the outcome document: the Chair’s Summary, which is intended to capture the essence of deliberations of the various sessions and identify specific, concrete and pra27ctical measures to drive implementation further over the following two years.