25 May 2022: Highlights and images of main proceedings

Source(s): International Institute for Sustainable Development
Emtithal Mahmoud, Poet and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at the Opening Ceremony.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth
Emtithal Mahmoud, Poet and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, at the Opening Ceremony.

The main segment of the seventh Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 (GP2022) began its deliberations on Wednesday, 25 March, with an opening ceremony, two high-level dialogues, a ministerial roundtable, and five thematic discussions, as well as learning labs, side events, and an award ceremony. GP2022 is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and hosted by the Government of Indonesia.

The opening ceremony, moderated by Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR and Head of UNDRR, began with a traditional dance performance to express gratitude for life and everyone's presence. In the same spirit, Sudanese poet Emtithal Mahmoud, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador, illustrated via her poem “Our Land” the toll humanity takes on our Earth. 

Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, referring to the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, called for greater coherence in addressing people’s vulnerability before, during, and after overlapping crises. Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, stressed that “resilience must be our mantra,” and highlighted the need for a whole-of-society approach in our joint efforts to “build back better and make our world safer and more prosperous for all.” Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, called for: strengthening disaster risk governance as well as “the culture of responsibility” at the global level; investing in science, technology, and innovation; and sharing lessons learned to mitigate disaster risk.

Closing the ceremony, high-level participants collectively stroked the kulkul, a traditional medium of communication in the form of a musical instrument made of wood or bamboo. 

Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony of the Global Platform 2022 (© Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth)

Two high-level dialogues took place during the day. One focused on creating an enabling environment to achieve the Sendai Framework goals and catalyze synergies, offering global and regional perspectives on implementation. Participants stressed, inter alia: we need to better understand, quantify, and act on systemic risks to accelerate action; the importance of compiling data from all sources and coordinating among sectors; the centrality of a multi-factorial implementation of DRR, using synergies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and including all stakeholders; and resilience concerns the ability to bounce back in addition to absorbing shocks.

The second dialogue addressed ways to strengthen disaster and climate risk governance at the national and local levels for accelerated progress on the SDGs. Participants called for spearheading efforts to achieve the UN Secretary-General’s accelerated goal on early warning systems; discussed political commitment, mobilizing financial resources, and creating inclusive enabling environments; suggested establishing continually adaptive processes and systems for DRR; and stressed the benefits of prevention, suggesting creating incentives for disaster risk prevention and preparedness.

The ministerial roundtable focused on the interlinkages between DRR and climate change. Ministers, other high-level government representatives, and officials from intergovernmental organizations: offered national perspectives, including success stories, from programmes and initiatives on DRR, climate change, and their interlinkages; discussed how DRR can be accelerated to address the climate emergency and align with climate change adaptation goals while leaving no one behind; and deliberated on financing opportunities both at the national and international levels to scale up investment in climate change and disaster risk management approaches. 

Mami Mizutori, Head, UNDRR
Mami Mizutori, Head, UNDRR at the Ministerial Roundtable 1: Scaling up disaster risk reduction to tackle the climate emergency. (© Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth)

Five thematic sessions took place during the day focusing on:

  • improved understanding and governance of systemic risk;
  • diversity in DRR leadership;
  • investing in resilient infrastructure for all;
  • breaking the silos; and
  • early warning and early action.

The day further included: nine side events which discussed, inter alia, building resilience in complex emergencies, examples of inclusive local action, and the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge; five learning labs which mainly focused on disability inclusive standards, disruptive technologies, budgeting, monitoring, and reporting; and the Sasakawa Award Ceremony 2022 for building resilience through a multi-hazard approach.

Amal Ridene, Young Climate Change Negotiator
Amal Ridene, Young Climate Change Negotiator, at the Thematic Session: Diversity in Disaster Risk Reduction Leadership. (© Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth)
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