10 Days to go to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Dear partners,

1. Remote participation

In order to increase worldwide participation in the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction there will be multiple opportunities to get involved remotely. Accessible web-conferencing will be available for selected special events, side events and working sessions for the duration the conference.

Remote participants will need to connect using a personal computer (Chrome browsers are recommended) or the free mobile app called “Bb Student” (which must be installed in advance), and join the virtual room at http://tinyurl.com/gp-2017. From here remote participants will be able to watch the conference live with closed-captioning, and engage via online messaging or video/audio.

The Nippon Foundation has supported UNISDR and the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) at American University to enable remote participation at the 2017 Global Platform. More information regarding remote participation can be found at: http://unisdr.org/go/gp2017/accessibility

2. Ministerial roundtables

Two ministerial roundtables will take place during the 2017 Global Platform providing an opportunity for interactive and focused discussions on key progress, priorities, actions and commitments in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The themes of the two roundtables will be:

A. “Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Overall Economic Planning” on Thursday 25 May from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Expo Center 5 of the Moon Palace Resort.

B. “Incorporating Disaster Risk Reduction Considerations into Sectorial Planning” on Friday 26 May from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Expo Center 5 of the Moon Palace Resort.

The outcomes of the roundtables will provide substantive input into the Global Platform Chair’s Summary that will be presented to the President of the Economic and Social Council as a contribution to the 2017 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF),  to be held in New York in July.

Participation in the roundtables will include ministers and high-level representatives of International Organizations, International Financial Institutions, UN organizations and stakeholders accompanied by one adviser.

3. On-line registration

On-line registration to the Global Platform is now closed. Delegates that have not yet registered will still be able to do so on-site at the Global Platform venue in Cancun.

4. Official programme

The official programme of the Global Platform is now available on line through the following link: http://unisdr.org/go/gp2017/programme

Thanks,
The UNISDR Team

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