The Philippines, which is ranked first worldwide in the most number of disasters that hit a country, took an active part in the just concluded third Global Platform (GP) on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) held in Geneva which is aimed at accelerating worldwide momentum on disaster risk reduction.
Held biennially, the GP is the world’s leading conference on DRR, bringing together government, civil society and private sector disaster resilience leaders and stakeholders.
The Philippines participated in the discussions of latest development and knowledge and partnership building across sectors, with the goal to improve implementation of disaster risk reduction through better communication and coordination among stakeholders.
A core function of the Global Platform is to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action.
The benchmarks set out in the Chair’s Summary of the second session of the Global Platform in 2009 served as basis for the agenda of the 2011 session.
It focused on urgently harmonising the frameworks for both disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the broader context of poverty reduction and sustainable development; and to reduce risk at the community and local levels, through collaborative partnerships based on recognition of the mutual dependence of central and local governments and civil society actors and the promotion of the role of women as drivers of action, with special consideration to youth and children’s roles.-by Roy C. Mabasa