GPDRR Unfolds in Geneva: Day 3 Highlights

  May 16, 2019

GPDRR Unfolds in Geneva: Day 3 Highlights

Geneva, Switzerland - Day 3 of the sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) witnessed significant developments as delegates and participants engaged in a series of meetings and events aimed at advancing disaster risk reduction efforts. Held on May 15th, 2019, the event continued to attract key figures from various sectors and fostered an environment conducive to knowledge exchange and collaboration.

The day commenced with an Official Delegates Meeting, where esteemed representatives including Mr. Prem Kumar Rai, Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Ms. Indu Ghimire, Joint Secretary, Mr. Bamshi Kumar Acharya, Under Secretary, and other government officials and civil society leaders joined the official delegation. Following the delegates’ meeting, the Opening Ceremony took place, attended by the MoHA Secretary, the Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Nepal in Geneva, and other delegates. Participants not present at the ceremony were able to witness the proceedings via video screens.

During the Opening Ceremony, prominent speakers such as Mr. Michael Miller, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Mr. Manuel Sage from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, highlighted the global situation regarding disaster risk reduction and climate change. Emphasis was placed on the importance of social inclusion throughout the entire disaster management cycle. The role of youth in disaster risk reduction and climate change, the significance of data management, and the utilization of technology and innovation in the field were also underscored.

In addition to the key events, several noteworthy occurrences took place on Day 3 of GPDRR in Geneva. The launch of the Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction garnered attention, and interested parties can now access the report for download on the GAR website. Furthermore, the importance of inclusivity and sustainability in reducing disaster risk was recognized through the shortlisting of 14 nominees from different parts of the world for the prestigious biennial Sasakawa Awards 2019.

To enrich the experience of participants, various organizations, including the private sector, established exhibition stalls, providing valuable insights and interactive displays. The Ignite Stage served as a platform for different teams to present their research findings, issues, and lessons learned about disaster risk reduction in Nepal.

DPNet-Nepal also seized the opportunity to engage in networking activities with diverse international organizations, fostering connections and collaborations that will contribute to Nepal's ongoing efforts in disaster risk reduction.

As GPDRR in Geneva progresses, each day brings new opportunities for dialogue, sharing of expertise, and collective action, all aimed at building resilience and reducing disaster risks on a global scale.