GPDRR13 Programme now available!

posted: 23/4/2013

The official Fourth Session of the Global Platform programme is now available in English.

With an expected 3000 participants taking part in over 10 featured events, 28 side events, 38 marketplace booths, and over 70 ignite stage presentations, the Fourth Session will be one of the largest forums on disaster risk reduction held in recent memory, and possible the largest policy forum in Geneva.

The event which takes place next month will include an invitation only high-level dialogue session "Ahead of the Wave: Leading the Way to Resilience" where Heads of State, Senior Ministers and CEO's at the event are invited to propose bold steps to ensure that national and international efforts are designed to promote integrated holistic responses to these challenges. They are also invited to propose major new disaster reduction initiatives in practical areas that deliver measurable results, promote collaboration in risk governance and attract socio-economic benefits for nations and communities.

In the Foreword by Martin Dahinden, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Dahinden says: "Switzerland is honoured to host the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. This event marks a milestone towards the further development of disaster-resilient societies around the globe."

"The 2013 Global Platform will therefore give special attention to three critical areas. The first is private sector investment in disaster risk management – an opportunity to create shared value for businesses and corporations as well as for society. The second is the work of local communities, networks, and supporting policies in building resilience. The third is local and national governments, and their take on implementation of the HFA as well as on an action agenda for building disaster resilience in a post 2015 successor framework," says the UN Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom in her Foreword.

Download the Programme - English