Environmental sustainability is a critical element of disaster risk reduction

GP2022 strives to minimize negative environmental impacts and inspire for change

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Government of Indonesia aspire to organize a sustainable seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, that will minimize negative environmental impacts and provide benefits to local hosts and communities. UNDRR recognizes the inherent linkages between the natural environment and disaster risk reduction. As a member of the United Nations family, we are committed to reduce our environmental footprint and to lead by example. This includes a commitment to organizing environmentally sustainable meetings. To this end, we will implement the measures outlined in United Nations(UN) guidance for sustainable event management, aiming to minimize negative environmental impacts and leaving a beneficial legacy for the host community and all involved.
 

UN guidance for sustainable event management

ENVIRONMENT AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

Nature is critical for building resilience to disasters

The world is rapidly reaching a point where we may no longer have the ability to mitigate or repair impacts from cascading and systemic risk, particularly in relation to the effects of global warming in a world currently on course for catastrophic temperature increase of 3˚C or more.

Ecosystems provide disaster risk reduction services as well as other services of productive and cultural value, which contribute to building local resilience to disasters and climate change. These services support basic needs before, during, and after disaster events. Degrading ecosystems represent a major driver of disaster risk, with the most vulnerable often forced to live in areas with high exposure to disaster risk, such as flood zones. Disaster risk reduction is nowadays seen as an integral part of international policy discussions on sustainable development and climate change. Accelerating and integrating disaster risk management to sustainable development and climate action is one of the cross-cutting themes of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022).

Nature-based solutions are viable options to reduce disaster risk as they offer multiple benefits, are cost-effective and have a long-term perspective. They form a critical component of strengthening community resilience. Everyone can take climate action and do their part in strengthening the understanding of the links between disasters and ecosystems.

United Nations Environment Programme Disasters & Conflicts Sub-Programme Freetown - Aberdeen Creek - Sierra Leone

SUSTAINABILITY OF THE GP2022

Minimizing negative impacts and creating a positive legacy

SustainabilityThe Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be implemented as a sustainable event, balancing environmental, economic and social responsibilities. The GP2022 aims to:

1. Minimize the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated in connection with venue, travel and resource consumption. As the GP2022 strives to be a carbon-neutral event, main emissions will be measured and offset.

2. Reduce the consumption of water, energy, and other resources before and during the conference.

3. Reduce the generation of waste and to encourage recycling and repurposing of unavoidable waste. Strive to avoid the use of single-use plastic.

4. Reduce indirect environmental impacts on air, water, and soil.

5. Ensure accessibility, inclusion, and well-being of all participants and staff

6. Increase the social benefits for all involved, at the local, regional and global level.

7. Leave a positive sustainability legacy and inspire for change.

For more details, please refer to the GP2022 environmental policy (coming soon).

To read more about your role in advancing environmental sustainability in connection with the GP2022, please refer to our Sustainable GP2022 Participants Guide (coming soon).

The links between environment and DRR are also emphasized in the GP2022 programme, with specific sessions being organized on these topics. Explore the agenda and the GP2022 Theme of Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action