Left behind, left out, left unsafe: A dialogue on Leaving No One Behind in the face of disaster risk

At this side event, the CADRI Partnership brings together government, civil society organizations, and partners to discuss lessons and good practices to effectively integrate those most at risk of being left behind into the decision making process concerning programing and planning of disaster risk reduction interventions. 

Speakers will discuss how to operationalize the “Leave No One Behind” principle addressing issues such as:   

  • The use of disaggregated data to provide evidence for identifying the most effective strategies to increase people’s resilience to multiple risks;  
  • The use of socially inclusive and gender responsive policies, tools and methodologies to implement integrated multi-sectoral DRR interventions. 
  • The definition of accountability mechanisms to guarantee the effective implementation of the “Leave No One Behind” principle.

The side event will also showcase digital solutions jointly developed by the CADRI Partners to support countries to ensure that the needs and demands of the most marginalized and vulnerable groups are considered central to disaster risk reduction efforts.

Session objectives

  1. Identify challenges and opportunities, from the perspective of different stakeholders, to integrate the “Leave No One Behind” principle into disaster risk reduction programming and planning  
  2. Share good practices to accelerate action to protect and empower the most vulnerable and marginalized in the face of disaster risk, including pandemics  
  3. Provide recommendations on the changes required in our practices, our policies, tools, methods, and financing mechanisms  to effectively protect and empower the most vulnerable and marginalized to reduce their exposure to disaster risk. It is expected that the recommendations from the side event can inform the outcome of the Global Platform. 


  • Mr.Imad Mohamed, Project Officer - VFL 2019 & Chief Advisor DRR, Huvadhoo Aid (Representative from Civil Society Organization – GNDRR) 
  • Ms. Vasiti Soko, Director of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) of Fiji (National government representative) 
  • Ms. Claudia Herrera, Director of the Coordination Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC)

Learn more

Over the past two decades, significant progress has been made in the translation of our knowledge to reduce disaster and climate change impact on social and economic development, both at local and national level. A critical insight of this process is that disasters do not affect everyone equally.  

People who are most vulnerable are hit hardest when a disaster strikes. It affects not only their ability to withstand the crisis but also their capacity to recover. Without proper attention, the same structures and systems that made them vulnerable and exposed in the first place can also exclude them from emergency aid and recovery. 

To move from understanding risk to building resilience, governments need to implement socially inclusive and gender responsive policies and measures that effectively provide the most vulnerable, especially those furthest behind, with equal access to opportunities and services allowing them to make choices about the risks they face. 

This requires improving our understanding of how risks specifically affect different sectors and different segments of the population with emphasis on those furthest behind and marginalized population groups. Critically, this also demands a clear understanding of the most effective strategies to increase people's resilience to multiple risks. Integrating these two elements is the only way to move from understanding risk to building resilience. 

Challenges remain to effectively and efficiently integrate the “Leave No One Behind” principle in disaster risk reduction programming and planning. Addressing these issues is key to accelerating progress in achieving the 2030 development Goals.

Session guiding questions

  1. How to go beyond disaggregated data to effectively inform and implement development plans and risk reduction strategies that leave no one behind? 
  2. What mechanisms and tools help us ensure that disaster risk reduction effectively addresses the needs and demands of those furthest behind, including lessons from COVID-19 response?  
  3. What are effective empowerment strategies of socially excluded populations to help them make decisions about the risks they face? 
Galkayo (June 2021)


26 May 2022
09:00 - 10:30 (Bali UTC+8)


Singaraja Hall 2
BNDCC 1-1st Floor

Online access


Open to those registered for the conference


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Ruben Vargas, ruben.vargas@undp.org Sophie Baranes sophie.baranes@undp.org

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