Conference Announcements

Questions and Answers on Plans for 2020 APMCDRR

posted: 18/3/2020
This announcement offers answers to questions regarding the scheduling on the APMCDRR and APP-DRR in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. - read more »

2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) Postponed

posted: 17/3/2020
The 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) has been postponed due to the impact and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19. - read more »

Invitation to help shape the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on DRR 2020

posted: 27/11/2019
In collaboration with the Government of Australia, we're administering a SenseMaker survey to help shape the APMCDRR 2020.If you are involved in disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific, we invite you to share your experience and impressions via this survey. - read more »

Asia and the Pacific set priorities for accelerated disaster risk reduction

posted: 19/11/2019
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Opening Ceremony Ticket System

posted: 14/5/2019
We would like to share some organisational details regarding the Opening Ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, May 15 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM. There are three versions of tickets for the Opening Ceremony, which are colour-coded (blue, pink and yellow). The colours are assigned to different entrances to and seating areas within Room 1. Yellow tickets: Official delegations have been given a certain number of yellow tickets. If you have a yellow ticket (main auditorium), please use the entrance to Room 1 on the 1st floor of CICG. To get there, take the escalator from the ground floor (floor 0) up to floor 1. Please note that each delegation has been given 2 seats ONLY in the official allocated seating area at the front of the main auditorium. Holders of additional yellow tickets may find a seat in the free seating area further back. Observer organisations (IGO, development banks etc): please collect your yellow ticket from the Help Desk at the CICG before the Opening Ceremony. Blue tickets: If you have a blue ticket (assigned to seats for government representatives in the left balcony/gallery), please use the left entrance on the 3rd floor. To get there, from the CICG main entrance, continue straight ahead towards the back of the building (past the Ignite Stage and the bar- which are on your right). You will see elevators, which you can use to get to the 3rd floor. The door to the balcony will be on your left. Pink tickets: If you have a pink ticket (assigned to stakeholder representatives in right balcony/gallery), please use the right entrance on the 3rd floor. To get there, walk past the escalator on the ground floor (floor 0) and continue walking straight ahead. You will see a small flight of broad stairs, which you can walk up. Turn to the right and then, if you continue straight ahead, you will see the elevators. When you leave the elevator on the 3rd floor, the door to the balcony is on your right. There will be staff onsite with coloured signs to assist you in finding the right entrance, please do not hesitate to ask them for assistance. Other participants: You will be able to follow the proceedings from the overflow rooms (Room 2,3 and 4). - read more »

Global Platform Preparatory Days/World Reconstruction Conference

posted: 12/5/2019
The preparatory days of the Global Platform 2019 are starting tomorrow. Kindly note the following events happening over the course of the next two days: 1. The Stakeholder Forum (13-14 May, CICG and CCV) 2. The Science and Policy Forum (13-14 May, Assembly Hall, Palais des Nations) 3. Private Sector Day (14 May 2019, Rooms 7/8 CICG) All information, including concept notes and information on speakers is available here: or on the official Global Platform 2019 App, available for Android and iOS. Please note that to access the Palais des Nations for the Science and Policy Forum, you should first pick up the GP badge at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG). World Reconstruction Conference The World Reconstruction Conference (WRC4) will also take place from Monday 13 to Tuesday 14 May 2019. Access will only be granted to WCR4 registered and confirmed participants. To confirm the registration application has been received, an automated email with an ID reference number was sent to the email address used to register. Please note that all participants should have registered by 22 April 2019. As the online registration is now closed, you can register onsite for WCR4 on Monday, 13 May (7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) and so on the other days. - read more »

IDPP, GP 2019 Double Robot

posted: 10/5/2019
IDPP will be bringing a Double robot for virtual participation to the UNDRR’s 2019 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. This robot provides full manoeuvrability around the conference venue, and offer unique opportunities for participation. Participants can visit the formal sessions and side events, the Innovate Platform, and the Ignite Stage. Participants will be able to meet and greet between sessions. Based on previous experience, robots have received a lot of attending and it is the best way to communicate key messages. Word of caution: robots attend the formal sessions, it is preferred that participants keep the robot on the side, or at the back of the rooms, so as to avoid distracting from the panels and presentations. No questions will be taken from robots. This can be done via the remote participation link. Participants can sign up for slots throughout each day of the conference, at this sign-up genius link. Those who want to participate will need to download Double ios app for iphone, or connect through the chrome web app at When the scheduled participant’s time slot comes up, they will be able to access the robot through a link sent to their email. - read more »

Join a Learning Lab at the Global Platform

posted: 8/5/2019
Just 5 days to go to GP2019! We’d like to quickly draw your attention to an exciting peer-to-peer learning opportunity and two ways to remotely join in the GP2019. JOIN A LEARNING LAB! The Learning Labs are informal learning session that provide facilitated peer-to-peer learning opportunities on specific topics relevant to GP2019 themes. A small-scale setting of 20-30 participants will provide an effective environment for peer-to-peer learning and sharing knowledge and experiences. Participants are encouraged to actively contribute in this low-pressure environment and to contribute to a constructive dialogue. Interested participants who are already registered for the GP 2019 will be able to register for the learning labs sessions through this link REMOTE PARTICIPATION If you registered to attend GP2019 but your plans have fallen through, don’t despair! You can participate remotely in a range of selected series of side events and working sessions through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. The remote session will allow participants to view selected live conference sessions, which include English closed-captioning. Participants will also be able to ask/answer questions via online messaging or video/audio. Please see the link below to the GP2019 program, with links to the sessions allowing remote participation: LIVE WEBCASTS We will live webcast the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, High Level Dialogue Sessions and Official Statements through the GP2019 website. You will be able to see these screened in the ‘carousel’ element at the top of the web page - read more »

Global Platform 2019 - Preparatory Days

posted: 3/5/2019
As the Global Platform 2019 is fast approaching, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight opportunities for your engagement during the preparatory days on 13 and 14 May: 1. The Stakeholder Forum (13-14 May, CICG and CCV) 2. The Science and Policy Forum (13-14 May, Assembly Hall, Palais des Nations) 3. Private Sector Day (14 May 2019, Rooms 7/8 CICG) Participation in the events is open to all Governments and stakeholders registered to GP19. Please see all information, including concept notes and information on speakers here: In short: Each event focuses on the specific role of stakeholders in building inclusive approaches to resilience in close collaboration with Governments as the primary responsible for disaster risk reduction. The events are thereby focusing on two main outcomes: Embedding resilience across all 2030 Agenda Agreements, and encouraging a more coherent and comprehensive approach to their implementation. With this, the events are interlinked and supporting the preparations towards the UN Climate Summit, High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development and High-Level Political Fora on Sustainable Development in July and September 2019. The Stakeholder Forum provides a space for stakeholders to coordinate and exchange on best practices around inclusion collaboration with Governments and UN partners, and build coalitions across agendas, sectors and stakeholder groups. Recognizing that the achievement of the 2030 Agendas will hinge upon our willingness and readiness to overcome old structures, systemic barriers and predicaments in face of increasingly complex and interconnected threats to our current way of life and existence, the Forum aims to create a stakeholder movement for resilience across the 2030 Agenda, with the new UNDDR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM) as a pilot for a new way of collaborating and action. The Forum will be opened by the honourable Minister of Bangladesh and other Government representatives, with high-level participants and representatives of civil society and community based organizations worldwide, including Mami Mizutori, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR, David Nabarro, lead of the Nature-Based-Solutions Workstream of the UN Climate Summit and Margareta Wahlström, President of the Swedish Red Cross, joining the discussions throughout the two days. The Science & Policy Forum will open with a session moderated by National Geographic Society journalist Andrew Revkin, along with engaging panellists including Mami Mizutori, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR, Dr Flavia Schlegel, International Science Council Special Envoy for Global Science and Policy, and Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist, UNEP. The Forum will highlight practical examples and opportunities for interdisciplinary and intergenerational collaboration within the science community, as well as enhancing the opportunities for science, research and academia to shape the development of comprehensive and coherent policies and strategies for resilience. The Forum is closely linked to the ECOSOC Commission on Science and Technology for Development CSTD), held from 13-17 May in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, under the theme of resilient communities, and feed into the ECOSOC STI Forum, held in New York on the same dates. The Private Sector Day focuses on risk-informed business investment as a critical element for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. Following the Annual General Meeting of the UNDRR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) in the morning (private sector only), the open afternoon sessions will focus on two main areas: Integration of disaster and climate risk into financial sector investment decisions, and the role of MSMEs in resilience building. The discussions will thereby be closely linked to ongoing initiatives such as the resilience and adaptation strand towards the UN Climate Summit, the Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), the EU Capital Market Union Action Plan of Sustainable Finance, and trade and resilience discussions led by WTO. Speakers include Government representatives from Ministries of Industry and Commerce, CEOs and other C-Suite representatives, regulators and high-level representatives of business associations such as the International Chambers of Commerce and Africa Business Group and the UN Global Compact, World Trade Organization and International Trade Center. - read more »

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

posted: 1/5/2019
There are just 12 days to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 (GP2019), in Geneva, Switzerland! We are looking forward to having you join the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and 4,000 government officials, DRR experts and practitioners, community representatives, media and academics as we discuss how to reduce risk, build resilience and progress a healthy, safe planet for all. We acknowledge the recent tragic events in countries such as Mozambique, Tanzania, and Colombia. There is nothing so urgent as the discussions we will have at GP2019: we must act now, or our future on this planet is in doubt. We will send a couple of email messages over the next few days so you have the information you need to get the most out of GP2019, and you can also visit for regular updates. You can find the links to information documents, including the programme, agenda and logistics note (arrival, transport, weather details etc) here. We are launching a GP2019 app that you can download from the Apple and Google app stores and use on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Whilst any one can find and download the app from the stores, only confirmed registered participants will be able to access the app. The app is a great tool for planning your schedule, connecting with other attendees, downloading documents (GP2019 is a paperless conference) and participating in sessions. We will send out an email when this goes live (we anticipate early the week beginning 5 May 2019). To help us make the GP2019 a ‘minimum paper’ event, we invite you to share publications to be launched during the conference via PreventionWeb. The documents will be featured on the GP2019 website and app. - read more »