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Covid-19 will challenge our ability to come together to prevent disasters – and that’s a concern for everyone, not just DRR practitioners

By Bijay Kumar, Executive Director

Governments meeting at COP25 must invest more in risk-reduction strategies and minimise the loss and damage experienced by poorer communities - now.

GNDR has joined the Risk-Informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), a global initiative to protect one billion people at-risk from extreme weather and climate-related disasters like floods, heatwaves and typhoons.

Would you like your community’s voice to be heard at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction?

GNDR has contributed to bringing community voices to high level discussions, and “everyday disasters” onto the global agenda. GNDR’s consistent focus on global advocacy has yielded clear results, and the network is now recognised as a key player in DRR.

We are excited to share a couple of big announcements about the CBDRM project.

VFL 2019 is currently being rolled out, and one of the first countries to start survey collection has been the National Coordination Organisation (NCO) Manadisaster Organization in Rwanda. We spoke with the country legal representative of Manadisaster, Jean de Dieu Musengamana, about his experience with the programme so far.

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is less than two months away, and here at GNDR preparations for the event are well underway.

GNDR is currently in the process of organising National Coordination Meetings for their local members in a series of countries worldwide.

For Mave Bastias, GNDR Regional Development Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, the experience of being a panel participant in the Action on Disaster Relief (ADR) Forum in San Jose, Costa Rica 5-7 February was a rewarding one - her intervention sparked lots of questions and positive feedback from the mostly private sector audience.

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