Official Statements

Official Statements from the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Opening Statements
Secretary-General of the United NationsMr Ban Ki-moon
Vice President, Minister of Women's Affairs and Chairperson Disaster Management Governing Council of The GambiaH.E. Dr Ajaratou Isatou-Njie Saidy
Senior Vice Minister for Disaster Management, Cabinet Office, Government of JapanMr Shozo Azuma
President of the The former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaH.E. Dr Gjorge Ivanov
Managing Director, The World BankMs Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Closing Statements and Commitments
A joint statement called for scaling-up community health forces as vital for disaster reductionWHO/ GHWA/UNICEF/IFRC/UNHCR 
Children's Charter 
Community Practitioners Platform for ResilienceJosephine CastilloDAMPA in the Philippines 
Global Platform Statement from Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster ReductionVishaka HidellageOn behalf of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction 
Mayors renewed their commitment to the Ten Essentials of the “My City is Getting Ready” CampaignDavid CadmanVice Mayor of North Vancouver and President of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability 
Message from Regional Bodies and OrganizationsDr. Kim Hak-SuSenior Advisor National Emergency Managemement Agency (NEMA), Korea 
National Platforms: Enhancing Disaster Reduction through Better GovernanceJanet EdwardsSwedish National Platform and Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency 
Private sector participants agreed on Five Essentials for Business and issued a Statement of Commitment for Disaster Prevention, Resilience and Risk Reduction.Aris PapadopoulosCEO, Titan America Private Sector Advisory Group Chair 
Red Cross Red Crescent MovementDr. Guiteau Jean-PierreHaiti Red Cross Society 
Speech by a 15yr-old from the PhilippinesAndreOn behalf of children 
Statement on Science and Technology for the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk ReductionProf. Virginia MurrayHead of Extreme Events and Health Protection Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards, London 
The Chair's Summary - Margareta WahlstromSpecial Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction 
The Voice of ParliamentariansSaumura TioulongInternational Parliamentarian Union Second Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade, Cambodia 
Voice of Men and Women on Making Disaster Risk Reduction Gender SensitiveLily CaravantesPresidential Secretary for Food Safety and Nutrition, Guatemala 

Country Statements
AfghanistanMr. Mohammad Daim KakarDirector General of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA)Video
AlgeriaMs Latifa BenazzaAmbassador and Director, Ministry of Foreign AffairsVideo
Antigua and BarbudaMr Fillmore MullinDirector of National Office of Disaster ServicesVideo
ArgentinaMr. Jose Luis BarbierSubsecretario de Fomento y Desarrollo Provincial del Ministerio del InteriorVideo
ArmeniaArmen YeritsyanMinister of Emergency Situations, Republic of ArmeniaWritten 
AustraliaMr Alan MarchHumanitarian Coordinator, Australian Agrncy for International Development (AusAID)Video
BangladeshSaber Hossain ChowdhuryMember of Parliament, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change and Head of Delegation Government of the People's Republic of BangladeshVideo
BarbadosHon Adriel BrathwaiteAttorney General, Minister of Home AffairsVideo
BhutanMr Minjur DorjiMinister of Home and Cultural AffairsVideo
BoliviaMr. Harley Rodriguez TellezVice Minister of Public InvestmentVideo
BrazilMr Milton Rondo FilhoHead of DelegationVideo
Brunei DarussalamMr. Yahya Abdul RahmanDirector, National Disaster Management CentreVideo
BurundiHermenegilde NimenyaDirecteur Général de la protection civile et Président de la Plate Forme Nationale de RRCVideo
CambodiaH.E. Mr Ross SovannDeputy Secretary General, National Committee for Disaster Management, Royal Government of CambodiaVideo
CameroonDr. Jean-Pierre NanaPrésident de l'Assemblée générale de l'OIPCVideo
CanadaMr Marius GriniusAmbassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Conference on DisarmamentVideo
ChileMr Vicente Núñez PinochetDirector de la Oficina Nacional de Emergencia (ONEMI) de ChileVideo
ComorosIbrahima Mhoumadi SidiMinister of Defense, Interior and CommunicationVideo
Cook IslandsMs. Elizabeth Wright-KotekaDirector, Central Policy and Planning Office Office of the Prime MinisterVideo
Costa RicaH.E. Mr. Manuel Dengo BenavidesPermanent Representative of Costa Rica to the Plenary Meeting of the Third Global Platform on Disaster Risk ReductionVideo
CubaDr Jose Ernesto Betancourt LavastidaDeputy Head, Civil Defense CubaVideo
DenmarkMr Einar Hebogaard JensenHead of Humanitarian Assistance, Development Cooperation and Civil Society, Ministry of Foreign AffairsVideo
EcuadorMs María del PIlar Cornejo R. de GrunauerMinistra, Secretaría Nacional de Gestión de RiesgosVideo
EgyptDr Mohamed A. FawziDirector - Crisis/ Disaster Managament and DRR Sector - Cabinet, IDSCVideo
El SalvadorMr Jorge Antonio Meléndez LópezDirector General de Protección CivilVideo
EthiopiaH.E. Mr. Ato Mitiku KassaMinister of State for AgricultureVideo
FijiMr. Manasa Ramasirai VaniqiThe Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Provincial Development, National Disaster ManagementVideo
FinlandMr Jorma JulinDirector General at the Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign AffairsVideo
FranceMr Laurent MichelDirecteur général de la Prévention des risques du Ministère de l'Ecologie, du Développement durable, des transports et du logementVideo
GabonMr J.-M. AyineSecrétaire général adjoint, ministère de l'intérieurVideo
GeorgiaMr George ZedginidzeDeputy Minister of Environment ProtectionVideo
GermanyAmbassador Dr. Georg Wilhelm BirgelenDeputy Director-General responsible for Global Issues: Civilian Crisis Prevention, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid and International TerrorismVideo
GhanaHon Kwabena Owusu AkyeampongDeputy Minister for the InteriorVideo
GrenadaMr Philip AlexanderDisaster Preparnes Liaser OfficerVideo
HondurasMr Roberto Flores BermúdezAmbassador, Permanent RepresentativeVideo
HungaryMr. Attila NyikosHead of Delegation, National Directorate General for Disaster ManagementVideo
IndiaMr. A.E. AhmedSecretary, Ministry of Home AffairsVideo
IndonesiaH.E. Dr. Syamsul MaarifMinister/Chief of National Agency for Disaster ManagementVideo
Iran, Islamic Rep ofMr Hasan GhadamiDeputy Minister of InteriorVideo
ItalyMr Franco GabrielliHead of the Italian National Civil Protection DepartmentVideo
JamaicaMr. Wayne McCookAmbassadorVideo
JordanMr. Jehad MadadhaCivil Defense of JordanVideo
KazakhstanMr. Seitkazhe OkassovHead of Ministerial Apparatus of the Ministry for Emergency SituationsVideo
KenyaAmbassador Anthony AndanjeDeputy Permanent Representative Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations GenevaVideo
KiribatiMr. Michael FoonPolicy Officer, Disaster Risk Management Strategic Risk Management Unit, Office of the PresidentVideo
Korea, Rep ofMr Kim Yong-KyunDirector, National Emergency Management AgencyVideo
Lao People's Democratic RepublicMr. Prasith DetphommathethGeneral Director Social Welfare Department, Head of National Disaster Management Office, Ministry of Labour and Social WelfareVideo
LebanonNada YamoutCouncillor of Beirut CityVideo
LesothoDr. Motloheloa PhookoMinister in the Prime Minister's OfficeVideo
MadagascarMr Louis de Gonzague RakotonirainySecrétaire Exécutif du Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des CatastrophesVideo
MalawiMs Lillian D. Ng'omaSecretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs,Department of Disaster Management AffairsWritten 
MalaysiaHon. Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul AzizMinister at the Prime Minister DepartmentVideo
MaldivesH.E. Mr Ahmed ZakiDeputy Minister of Housing and EnvironmentVideo
MauritaniaMr Mohamed Lemine O. Vally AbdelkaderDirecteur Adjoint, Ministère de l'environnement et du développement durableVideo
MexicoMs Laura Gurza JaidarGeneral Coordinator of Civil ProtectionVideo
MongoliaMr. Amgalanbayar TsevegmedHigh Commissioner, Chief of National Emergency Management Agency, MongoliaVideo
MoroccoMr Abderrazzak LaasselMinistre ConseillerVideo
MyanmarH.E. Mr. Ye Myint AungAmbassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of MyanmarVideo
NepalMr Shankar Prasad KoiralaJoint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of NepalVideo
NetherlandsMs Yoka BrandtDirector-General for International CooperationWritten 
New ZealandHon. John CarterMinister of Civil DefenceVideo
NigeriaMr Muhammad Sani SidiDirector General, National Emergency Management AgencyVideo
NorwayMs Hege HertzbergPolitical Director for Development, Ministry of Foreign AffairsVideo
PakistanMr. Amir MohyuddinDirector, Natural Disaster Management AuthorityVideo
Palestinian Territory, OccupiedMr Ahmed RezqGeneral Director of Civil defenseVideo
PanamaMs Ana Victoria de ObaldiaSenior Analyst, Ministry of Economy and FinanceVideo
PhilippinesHon. Corazon Juliano-SolimanMinister of Social Welfare and Development Republic of the PhilippinesVideo
PortugalMr Henrique VicêncioNational Authority for Civil ProtectionVideo
Russian FederationMr Yuri BrazhnikovDirector of the International Cooperation Department and Head of the Russian National Emergency Response Corps, Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM of Russia)Video
Saint LuciaMr Cosmos RichardsonPermanent Secretary, Office of the Prime MinisterVideo
SamoaVaitoa ToelupeSenior Disaster Management Officer, Samoa Disaster Management Office. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.Video
SenegalMe El Hadji Ousmane Alioune NGOMMinistre d'Etat, Ministre de l'Intérieur,Video
Sierra LeoneHon Charles H. KalawaChairman Defence Committee and Presidential AffairsVideo
Solomon IslandsMr Loti YatesDirector, National Disaster Management OfficeVideo
South AfricaMr Elroy AfricaDirector-General, Department of Cooperative GovernanceVideo
SpainMs Pilar Gallego BerruezoDirector General on Civil Protection and EmergenciesVideo
Sri LankaHon Mahinda AmaraweeraMinister of Disaster Management of Sri LankaVideo
SudanCol Eltayeb OsmanDirector of Training Department at the General Directorate for Civil DefenceVideo
SwazilandMr Masuku Themby NhlanganisoDeputy Prime MinisterVideo
SwedenMr Jan KnutssonAmbassador, Permanent Mission of SwedenVideo
SwitzerlandAmbassador Toni FrischHead of the Humanitarian Aid Department, SDC Swiss Agency for development and cooperationVideo
Tanzania, United Rep ofHon. Mohamed Aboud MohamedThe minister of state - in the second vice president's office - ZanzibarVideo
ThailandH.E. Mr. Sihasak PhuangketkeowAmbassador and Permanent Representative of ThailandVideo
The former Yugoslav Rep of MacedoniaDr. Pande LazarevskiNational Coordinator for Implementation of the National Platform for Disaster Risk ReductionVideo
Timor-LesteDr. Jose Luis GuteresVice Prime MinisterVideo
TongaMs Luisa Tuiafitu MaloloCoordinator, Second National Communication on Climate Change Project Ministry of Environment and Climate ChangeVideo
Trinidad and TobagoDr. Stephen RamroopChief Executive Officer, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, Ministry of National SecurityVideo
TurkeyMr Turan ErkocHead of Turkish Delegation / Head of Planning and Mitigation Department of Republic of Turkey-Prime Minister's Office-Disaster and Emergency Management PresidencyVideo
TuvaluMr. Sumeo SiluDisaster CoordinatorVideo
United Arab EmiratesMr Obaid Salem Al ZaabiAmbassadorVideo
United KingdomMs. Jennie RichmondHead, Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Policy GroupVideo
United States of AmericaMs Margaret DavidsonDirector, Coastal Services Center U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationVideo
UruguayMr Gustavo Leal FuentesCoordinador General del Sistema Nacional de Emergencias/ Presidencia de la República- UruguayVideo
VanuatuMr Peter KorisaResearch & Planning Officer- National Disaster Management OfficeVideo
Viet NamDang Quang MinhDeputy Director Disaster Reduction Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentVideo
YemenMr Mufeed Al-HalemiDeputy Minister, Ministry of Water & EnvironmentVideo

Other Delegations Statements
ACT Alliance (ACT)Mrs. ArshintaDirector of YAKKUM EMERGENCY UNITWritten 
ActionAid International (ActionAid)Mr. John AbuyaInternational Thematic Programmes ManagerVideo
African Union (AU)Her Excellency Tumussime Rhoda PeaceCommissioner Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union CommissionVideo
Asociación Iberoamericana de Organismos Gubernamentales de Defensa y Protección Civil, Spain - govMs Pilar Gallego BerruezoDirector General on Civil Protection and EmergenciesWritten 
Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Center (BDPC)Mr Muhammad Saidur RahmanDirectorVideo
Community Practitioners’ Platform for ResilienceMs Suranjana GuptaCampaign CoordinatorVideo
Council of Europe (COE)Mr Eladio Fernandez-GalianoExecutive Secretary, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards AgreementVideo
Duryog NivaranMr. Vajira HettigeDelegation, Duryog NivaranVideo
Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)Mr. Roger TchounguiAssistant Secretary General to the Economic Community for Central Africa States (ECCAS)Video
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)Ms Sylvie Wabbes and Mr Stephan BaasFAO Emergency and Rehabilitation Division FAO Natural Resources Management and Environment DepartmentVideo
Gender and Disaster Network, the (GDN)Ms. Rosa Sanchez del ValleGender and Disaster Network Representative from Latin AmericaVideo
Global Earthquake Model (GEM)Dr. Rui PinhoSecretary General, Global Earthquake Model (GEM)Written 
Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)Mr. Jean-Benoit CharrinExecutive Director, Geneva Office, WaterLex, SwitzerlandVideo
Global Risk Forum (GRF Davos)Mr. Marco FerrariMember of the Board of DirectorsVideo
Group on Earth Observations (GEO)Dr Francesco GaetaniScientific and Technical Officer for Disasters AreaVideo
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)Mr. Keflemariam SebhatuProgramme Manager on Disaster Risk ReductionVideo
International Association of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE)Prof. Mohsen Ghafory-AshtianyDirectorVideo
International Council on Monuments and Sites, International Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICOMOS - ICORP)Dr. Rohit JigyasuUNESCO Chair Professor, Research Centre for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan President, ICOMOS-ICORPVideo
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)Dr Matthias SchmaleUndersecretary General, on behalf of Mr Bekele Geleta,Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesVideo
International Medical Corps (IMC)Mr Liviu VedrascoChief of Party, PREPARE ProjectWritten 
International Organization for Migration (IOM)Mr. William HydeSenior AdvisorVideo
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)Mr. Edmund BarrowHead, Ecosystem Management Programme International Union for Conservation of NatureWritten 
League of Arab States (LAS)Ms Fatma El MallahAdvisor to the Secretary General on Climate ChangeVideo
Making Cities Resilient Campaign Cities, Partners and Task ForcesMr. Alfonso del AlamoMadrid City Council,SpainVideo
Making Cities Resilient Campaign Cities, Partners and Task ForcesSaeid Hossein PoorDeputy Governer - Khorasan Razavi - Mashhad -IR.IRANVideo
Making Cities Resilient Campaign Cities, Partners and Task ForcesProf Giorgio OrsoniMayor of VeniceVideo
Making Cities Resilient Campaign Cities, Partners and Task ForcesDr. Angela Michiko HamaTyrolean Regional GovernmentVideo
Making Cities Resilient Campaign Cities, Partners and Task ForcesMr. Yan Zhang DongExecutive Director, World Cities Scientific Development AllianceVideo
Making Cities Resilient Campaign Cities, Partners and Task ForcesMr Keith HindsMayorVideo
Muslim AidMr. Syed SharfuddinCEOVideo
Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC)Mr. Slimane ChikhObservateur permanent de l'OCI aupres de l'ONUVideo
Organization of American States (OAS)Mr. Pablo GonzalezChief, Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate ChangeWritten 
Plan InternationalDr. Nick HallDisaster Risk Reduction AdvisorVideo
Practical ActionMs. Maggie IbrahimInternational Programme CoordinatorWritten 
Public Private Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (PPPDRR)Mr. Aris PapadopoulosChief Executive Officer (CEO),Titan AmericaVideo
Public Private Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (PPPDRR)Ms. Sonia BuenoManaging Partner, Sustainable Water Management InternationalVideo
Save the Children InternationalMs. Lydia BakerDisaster Risk Reduction AdvisorVideo
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)Pema L. DorjiDirector SAARC Secretariat Kathmandu, NepalVideo
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)Mr. Yuichi OnoChief, Disaster Risk Reduction SectionVideo
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)Mr Tarek SadekFirst Economic Affairs OfficerVideo
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)Ms Miwa KatoAdaptation Subprogramme, UNFCCCWritten 
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)Mr. Francesco PisanoUNOSAT Manager, UNITARWritten 
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)Mr Allen JenningsDeputy Chief, Development Division, Volunteer Programme & Management GroupVideo
World Health Organization (WHO)Dr. Qudsia Hudaon behalf of the Assistant Director GeneralVideo
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)Dr. Maryam GolnaraghiChief of Disaster Risk Reduction of WMOVideo

Last updated: 15 December 2020