Fiji has been part of the robust discussions and knowledge sharing opportunities at the 6th session of the Global Platform for the UN Disaster Risk Reduction held last week in Geneva, Switzerland.
The forum included representations from 150 UN Member States, international and regional organisations, Civil Societies, private institutions and academia and is the biennial multi-stakeholder platform mandated by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk.
The Global Platform is a critical component of the monitoring and implementation process of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). Following the four years after the adoption of the Sendai Framework, the global plan to reduce disaster loss, Member States are reporting against the seven targets including those for reducing mortality, reducing the number of people affected, economic losses and damages to infrastructure.
While opening the event, UN Secretary General Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, reiterated that while there is promising progress in many areas and that ‘time is running out for a world at risk, threats that were considered inconceivable, no longer are.’
Ms Mizutori called for accelerated efforts to implement the Sendai Framework and said that ‘the bar is being raised for resilience every day that passes without progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.”
The Fijian delegation at the 6th session of the Global Platform for the UN Disaster Risk Reduction included the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and Itaukei Affairs, Mr Meleti Bainimarama, the Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Mr Anare Lewaniqila, Inoke Nagatalevu of the Ministry of Rural and Maritime and staff from the Permanent Mission of Fiji in Geneva.
Fiji participated in the Ministerial Roundtable discussions, chaired two sessions and participated in a number of side events. The Fijian delegation also reported on the status of Fiji’s implementation of the Sendai Framework, launching of Fiji’s relocation guideline, actions on building resilience and building back better in our communities, public private partnership approaches, insurance scheme to cover rural communities and called for the commitment to address issues on climate change and its existential threat to the local communities.
The outcomes of the one week deliberations has provided critical input to the upcoming UN Climate Summit in New York this year. In addition, the Global Platform is now recognized as an important element of the UN Secretary General’s newly released Integrated Platform for Prevention, thus contributing to the wider Prevention Agenda of the United Nations.