Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
World Health Leaders Meet to Discuss Disaster Risk Reduction in Global Platform
The biennial Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Geneva over 21-23 May 2013. Chaired by Switzerland, it brought together over 3,500 participants from 172 countries with representation from national and local governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-government organizations, mayors and parliamentarians, communities, business, academia and science. The session built on regional platforms for disaster risk reduction convened in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Arab States and Europe as well as many consultative and preparatory meetings convened by civil society, local governments and Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies.
The World Health Organization organized a Thematic Platform on Emergency and Disaster Risk Management for Health during the Global Platform to advocate, share information and catalyse action on emergency and disaster risk management for health, and to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through health and other sectors. A CCOUC delegation participated in the Platform and CCOUC Director, Prof. Emily Chan, made a presentation on “Research Priorities for Community Resilience: Mitigating Health Risk in Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis in the Asia Pacific Region” during the event. In her presentation, Prof. Chan highlighted the gaps on medical humanitarian assistance in the East Asian settings, and urged researchers to conduct more study on rural and urban community resilience.
By the end of the three-day conference, the Thematic Platform came up with an action plan to advocate for country and community emergency risk management for health. CCOUC will continue to provide inputs to the Post-2015 HFA dialogues, and facilitate health participation in regional and national platforms for disaster risk reduction.