Women Pushing for Transformation – A Dialogue on the Future of SDG, DRR, and Planetary Health

This event is face-to-face, highly interactive and moderated by a leading CNN Indonesia Anchor Ms. Amelia Yachya, in a hard talk style with three leading women experts in health, disaster management, humanitarian assistance and sustainability. It will also connect with and introduce the need for a broader overarching planetary health approach in how communities, organizations and governments prepare for, mitigate the impact of, and adapt to current and future risks, including pandemics, natural hazards and climate change. It will highlight the role of women in pushing for transformation.

The moderator and speakers will interact with the audience, by both posing and answering questions with the aim that the collective wisdom and knowledge in the room can support articulation of a series of recommendations that will support the themes of GPDRR2022.

The proposed agenda for the event will be:

  • Opening remarks – (5minutes)
  • Presentation of what planetary health is and why it’s being brought into GPDRR – the connections may not be obvious at first sight (10minutes)
  • Dialogue with speakers-(40 minutes)
  • Interactive session with participants (15 minutes)
  • Closing summaries from discussants and moderator (5 minutes)

This side event is linked to two main themes (2,3) and two cross cutting themes (2,3) and aims to connect them.

Discussions will center on the importance of inter-sectoral approaches, going beyond current inter- and intra-governmental processes to include a holistic planetary health approach to address current and future colliding challenges.

Session objectives

  • Support GPDRR2022’s focuses on disaster risk governance, COVID-19  recovery and leaving no one behind by exploring the need for a refreshed paradigm which puts the health of people and the planet at the center of our deliberations.
  • Highlight current inequalities and inequities arising from the pandemic and uneven access to vaccine distribution and their relationship with heightened exposure to disaster risk.
  • Explore how shifting to a planetary health approach to disaster risk management, including pandemic management, can support achievement of the goal and targets of the Sendai Framework and the 2030 SDG agenda.
  • Demonstrate that the leadership, skills and capacities exist to achieve this transformation.
  • Develop relevant recommendations to be considered as part of the outcome of GPDRR2022.


  • Ms. Amelia Yachya, CNN Indonesia


  • Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood (Executive Director of Sunway Centre for Planetary Health Malaysia, former Senior Advisor on Public Health for Prime Minister of Malaysia, former Under Secretary-General of IFRC, Chief of World Humanitarian Summit, former Chief of UNFPA Humanitarian Branch, and Founder of Mercy Malaysia)
  • Ms. Adelina Kamal (Associate Senior Fellow of ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, former Executive Director of ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance or AHA Centre, former Director for Sustainable Development and Head of Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance of ASEAN Secretariat)
  • Dr. Erin Hughey (Director of Global Operations, Pacific Disaster Center, and former Managing Editor: Risk, Hazard & Crisis in Public Policy at the Policy Studies Organization)


Learn more

Learn more about the Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, ISEAS and the Pacific Disaster Center here-

Where do we stand

Disaster risk reduction is a critical component of disaster management and has gained prominence in international discourse and action since the conclusion of the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action in 1994. Over the years, disasters have become increasingly multi-faceted, colliding, and complex.

The weaknesses of current de facto linear approaches to policy development and action and the increasingly complexity of disaster events were made all too clear during the recent COVID-19 pandemic with colliding crises arising from natural hazards, conflicts and climate change including from cyclones, floods, earthquakes, and subsequent displacements arising in many countries in Asia Pacific including the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tonga.

SDG-related gains have also been eroded and the world faces rising inequality, economic, social and developmental challenges arising not only as a result of the pandemic but also broader disconnection between humanity and the planet.

Added to this is the increasing urgency required to mitigate the impact of the climate crisis leveraging the clear linkages between planetary health and climate change, risks and vulnerabilities and rising likelihood of zoonotic outbreaks and future pandemics.

The event will posit that there is an immediate need to examine and address the planetary heath crisis we collectively face in a more holistic manner, highlighting the need for inter-sectoral action on political, economic, scientific, and social fronts. The relationship with disaster risk management will be highlighted throughout. 



25 May 2022
19:45 - 21:15 (Bali UTC+8)


Pecatu Hall
BNDCC 2-Ground Floor

Online access


Open to those registered for the conference


International sign


Mr. Joel Myhre - jmyhre@pdc.org Mr. Oliver-Lacey Hall - oliverh@sunway.edu.my

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