PDD Messages to inform the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland, 13-17 May 2019
The sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) co-chaired by Switzerland and UNISDR, is an important opportunity for the international community to renew and accelerate its efforts to implement the Sendai Framework, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and to contribute to the successful achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. GP2019 builds on the outcomes of the Global Platform in Cancún, Mexico in 2017, as well as the Regional Platforms in 2018 held in Colombia, Armenia, Mongolia, Tunisia and Italy, which discussed and recognized disaster displacement as an important impact of disasters. 2020 constitutes the first deadline of the Sendai Framework, for achieving Target E, to substantially increase the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies. This Global Platform is the last global gathering for all stakeholders before 2020.
PDD’s Objective to improve the protection of disaster displaced persons and to reduce displacement risk is directly relevant to the goals of GP2019. In particular during a Working Session and a Side Event on disaster displacement, the PDD will promote the use of identified effective practices and strengthened cooperation among relevant actors to prevent, when possible, to reduce and to address cross-border disaster-displacement at the national, regional and international levels. Examples of PDD’s efforts to support States in implementing Targets B and E of the Sendai Framework include the Mapping of DRR strategies and the extent to which they include human mobility considerations and the Words into Action Guidelines on disaster displacement, facilitating exchange of effective practices and strengthening preparedness and response capacities for disaster displacement.