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The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Cancun, Mexico(May 22-26, 2017)

2018-03-29  |   Editor : houguangbing  
Category : News

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."

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