The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Cancun, Mexico
on 22-26 May. It was the first time the most important international forum
dedicated to the disaster risk reduction agenda has been staged outside Geneva.
The Global Platform made the first opportunity for the international community
to review global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for
Disaster Risk Reduction. Nearly 6,000 participants are expected, including
policy makers and disaster risk managers.
From May 22 to 26, 2017, the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
conference held in Cancun, Mexico. The 2017 Global Platform is bringing
together nearly 6,000 Heads of State, policy makers, disaster risk managers,
civil society and other participants.
Held about every two years since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to discuss
disaster reduction, and the first Global Platform held in Geneva, Switzerland
in 2007. The 2017 Global Platform is the fifth such event, which is also
the first international summit on disaster since the Sendai Framework, adopted
in 2015 in the Sendai, Japanese as the first pillar of the 2030 Sustainable
Development Agenda, is critical to eradicating poverty by reducing the economic
burden of disasters on poor countries.
Last year, 445 million people were affected by disasters linked to natural
hazards worldwide, including floods, storms, earthquakes and drought. 8000
people lost their lives in major disaster events, and the direct economic
loss was estimated at $138.8 billion. The World Bank estimates that the impact of
extreme natural disasters is equivalent to a global loss of $520 billion a year,
forcing about 26 million people to fall into poverty every year..
"The challenge is how we are going to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) if annual economic losses from disasters can wipe out the entire GDP of a
low income country overnight and force millions from their homes," the Deputy
Secretary-General Ms. Mohammed said at the opening on Wednesday evening, "Human
and economic losses from disasters cannot continue at current levels if we are
going to progress with the Sustainable Development Goals."