Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) -2022 Preparatory Meeting

  Apr 17, 2022

DPNet in collaboration with NDRRMA organized a GPDRR 2022 preparatory meeting virtually on 12th April, 2022. The program was chaired by Dr. Raju Thapa, Acting Chair of DPNet. Altogether, 50 participants joined the preparatory meeting.
Dr. Raju Thapa, Acting Chair of DPNet shared about the GPDRR-2022. The seventh Global Platform is going to be organized in Bali, Indonesia from 23rd May to 28th May, 2022. The Global Platform will be organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and co-chaired and hosted by the Government of Indonesia in an event held in Bali, Indonesia.
GPDRR is the main global forum to assess and discuss progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Global Platform comes at a critical time: seven years after the Sendai Framework was adopted, and just over two years after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, which has exposed how underlying vulnerabilities and inequities have catastrophic consequences for the most exposed across the world. The pandemic has underlined the critical need of prevention and risk reduction in achieving a sustainable future for all. The 3 World Conference and 6 Global Platform has already been organized in past years. The major theme of GPDRR- 2022 is Disaster Risk Governance, COVID-19 Recovery and DRR Financing. Similarly, cross cutting themes are Sendai Framework stocktaking, leave no one behind and SDGs and climate action. The theme for this event is “From Risk to Resilience: Towards Sustainable Development for All in a COVID-19 Transformed World”. The theme will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the traditional understanding of risk and disaster risk governance. It will explore how the global crisis can be turned into an opportunity for the necessary radical transformation needed to achieve the goal and targets of the Sendai Framework, as well as of the 2030 Agenda.
GPDRR main events comprises of various sessions regarding Disaster Risk Reduction to tackle the Climate Emergency, Understanding and Governance of Systemic Risk, DRR Leadership and resilient, Global and regional perspectives on implementing the Sendai Framework and Early Warning and Early Action, Nature Based solutions, multi-hazard - multi-sectoral approaches, disaster risk financing, COVID-19 and about resilient, Joint Actions to reduce DRR, empowering, strengthening and embedding risk in investment decisions and sharing of official statements. This GPDRR-2022 will provide “The Sasakawa Award” which will honor practices and efforts made by institutions, individuals and groups that have best contributed to building resilience through a multi-hazard approach. The Global Platform 2022's outcome will provide a unique and timely opportunity to highlight the need of international solidarity and cooperation, as well as propose solutions to address underlying risk factors both locally and globally.
The prospective events for team Nepal will have a Ministerial Round Table on Scaling-up Disaster Risk Reduction to Tackle the Climate Emergency and Thinking Resilience: Changing the Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction. There will be high level dialogues, official statements and other major events. It was shared about the proposed content of position paper options. This year GPDRR will be organized in a bubble system following the health protocol. 
Dr. Dijan Bhattarai, Under Secretary of NDRRMA
First of all, NPDRR’s motive is to get ideas to present on an international platform. National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) consists of nine thematic groups. All nine thematic groups should have a meeting and discuss the way forward to present on a global platform and make a taskforce. All the stakeholders should be involved in making the task force whereas DPNet should take member secretary’s responsibilities and NDRRMA should take lead in it. Experts also should be involved in making the taskforce and study about international voices, commitments and so on. This taskforce should be formalized and move forward.
Open Discussions
  • The representatives of GPDRR- 2022 should be involved in consultation meetings and workshops which should be organized.
  • Lesson learnt, experiences sharing and reflection meetings for post GPDRR should be organized.
  • The preparation update should be shared, collected, documented and revised. The programs related to sharing should be physically organized.
  • The activities should be on a time scale and on a proper time frame.
  • The issues and topics in the ministerial round table should be highlighted.
  • NDRRMA or the Home Ministry should take the lead in the task force.
  • The reason to present the position paper in Global Platform should be very clear.
  • Everyone who represents Nepal in GPDRR -2022 should have a clear theme and be clear in what to present.
  • The status of preparation of the government in the position paper should be clear.
  • GPDRR-2022 should be disaster inclusive as its one of the themes is to leave no one behind.
Dr. Raju Thapa, Acting Chair of DPNet gave final thanks vote to every participant and closed the program.