Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2013 (Concept Paper)

The Third Session of the Global Platform in 2011 motivated participants to coalesce into one voice for strong community involvement and engagement in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Participants emphasized that not only local communities and governments, but civil society, children and young people, academia and the private sector must be involved in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). The Global Platform in 2011 essentially resolved to find political and economic solutions to reduce the risks of disasters. 

The aim of the Fourth Session will be to continue the momentum into a durable and sustained effort from all actors (governments, NGOs and civil society, international agencies and organizations, academic and technical institutions, and the private sector) to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing resilience in our communities.

The Fourth Session will also be an opportunity to progress and consult on the Hyogo Framework for Action.

The Fourth Session of the Global Platform will be held in Geneva at the International Conference Centre from Sunday 19 May to Thursday 23 May 2013. Sunday 19 May will be reserved for a preparation day. Monday 20 May will be a day for innovative dialogue. The official agenda will be from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 May.


The Fourth Session will include a longer preparation and consultation period of over 12 months. Encouragement will be given to a more focused and less crowded agenda and to the provision of ’trend-setting` modalities for participation and communication in disaster risk reduction. Taking into account the importance of a gender-balanced approach to the analysis and implementation of disaster risk reduction priorities, we will strive for practical and actionoriented ideas and discussions with a panel participation of at least 50% women.
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