Every day this week we’re sharing brief highlights from our network’s engagement at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022.
On the final day of GPDRR the secretariat started by thanking members for helping them play their role of convening, reporting, catalysing, monitoring, and being thought leaders in such an important event.
In the morning we reflected on the previous day by sharing highlights of the session Connecting to Communities Lives led by GNDR. In this session we connected with communities in Cambodia and Zimbabwe. We thank community members for sharing their experiences of Views from the Frontline and their call for the global community to enhance the skills of local communities on anticipatory early warning mechanisms and instilling a culture of resilience.
During the midterm plenary sessions two interventions were made focusing on the need to listen to, and bring investments to local communities, as well as the need for systemic analysis to address the needs of people most impacted.
Highlights of the previous day included members taking part in sessions on the Ignite Stage. GNDR member Afghan Aid spoke on eco-DRR for climate resilience in Afghanistan. GNDR Senior Regional Lead, Shivangi Chavda spoke at the disability-inclusive DRR session calling for an acceleration in the process of inclusion in DRR under a whole-of-society approach. GNDR member, Resilience Development Institute from Indonesia spoke at the official Making Displacement Safer event, while in the same session multilateral agency USAID BHA made reference to the work done by GNDR.
We closed the day with the exciting Making Displacement Safer roundtable, a hybrid event allowing our members from all over the world to be part of the discussion happening in person. GNDR Project Coordinator, Elise Belcher and project partners Root of Generation South Sudan, Resilience Development Institute Indonesia and NSET Nepal led a discussion on durable solutions in displacement and effective policy. Over 50 members joined the event online. The recording is now available on our Youtube channel.
Today in the run up to the closing ceremony our Policy Lead, Becky Murphy moderated a thematic session on Cooperation Across Borders for Strengthened Capacity and Action and later today NSET Nepal will speak at the side event: Anticipating and Acting Early: Putting Communities and Creativity at the Heart of Our Learning and Exchange.
During this week we have seen recognition of risk-informed development as the direction of travel. We have heard and we know risks are increasing and will continue to increase under the impacts of climate change and other risk drivers. As a network we need to reflect on how we address them. GNDR members are already thinking of the journey from GPDRR to COP27. Our call to action will continue to guide our policy and advocacy work. For now let us be energised by this weeks’ work.