GPDRR 2019: Nepal Delegation Engages in Productive Discussions at Geneva

  May 14, 2019

GPDRR 2019: Nepal Delegation Engages in Productive Discussions at Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland - The eagerly anticipated sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) commenced on May 13th, 2019, in the picturesque city of Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and hosted by the Government of Switzerland, the biennial event has attracted participants from diverse corners of the globe, converging to share knowledge and strategies for effective disaster risk reduction.

DPNet-Nepal has played a pivotal role in coordinating Nepal's active and successful participation in GPDRR 2019, which takes place from May 13th to May 17th. A high-level delegation from Nepal, including the Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the CEO of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), has arrived in Geneva to represent the nation. Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson of DPNet-Nepal, is personally leading and overseeing the team's activities in Geneva, both on-site and through the dedicated Viber Group established by DPNet-Nepal.

The first day of the event witnessed ten sessions covering a range of topics, including the World Reconstruction Conference, the Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference, the Science and Policy Forum, and the importance of inclusivity in disaster risk reduction. During the World Reconstruction Conference, Mr. Sushil Gyawali, CEO of the National Reconstruction Authority, delivered a compelling presentation on the lessons learned from South Asia, focusing on the progress, challenges, and inclusivity in the reconstruction efforts in Nepal. The presentation garnered significant interest and appreciation from participants, who raised concerns regarding the pace of reconstruction, coordination with federal and local governments, and the establishment of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) authority. Mr. Gyawali gracefully addressed these concerns, emphasizing that next year, the NRA plans to organize an International Conference on Reconstruction. Additionally, UNDP and esteemed donors such as the European Union, World Bank, and JICA also highlighted the progress achieved in Nepal's reconstruction efforts during their respective presentations.

In a session titled "Making DRR Inclusive," Mr. Khil Bahadur, a visually impaired beneficiary from Sindhupalchowk district, shared his personal experiences related to reconstruction, particularly highlighting the importance of inclusivity for persons with disabilities. His powerful testimony further underscored the significance of integrating diverse perspectives and ensuring that the needs of vulnerable groups are met in disaster risk reduction initiatives.

The first day of GPDRR 2019 showcased fruitful discussions and valuable insights from Nepal's delegation. The engagement of high-level officials, experts, and beneficiaries has fostered an environment of knowledge exchange and collaboration, enhancing Nepal's contributions to the global platform for disaster risk reduction. As the event progresses, participants from Nepal and around the world eagerly anticipate the opportunity to forge partnerships, share best practices, and contribute to the collective effort of building a more resilient future.