The GNDR Global Summit for Disaster Risk Reduction 2024

By Danny Everett
22 March 2024


In February 165 participants from 60 countries came together in Nairobi for GNDR’s Global Summit for Disaster Risk Reduction 2024. The three day convening was a unique opportunity for the DRR community to network, learn about the latest challenges and solutions in risk reduction, and build new partnerships for localisation. It was a pleasure to see each other face-to-face, to share ideas and experiences, to be inspired, and to be motivated to continue working in our civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations as part of GNDR.

Strengthening capacity and resilience on the frontline

Together, we discussed community owned disaster risk reduction, risk-informed development, and ways to build resilience and facilitate localisation. We learnt about the importance of data – and its need to be fully inclusive. We considered the challenges faced by displaced communities in urban areas as part of the Making Displacement Safer Cookbook launch. And through a series of powerful films, we saw up-close the risks faced by communities on the frontline and their actions to build resilience.

From an idea to a global force for disaster risk reduction

The Global Summit was the perfect opportunity to observe GNDR’s journey from an idea to the influential and truly global network it is today. In each session members from Colombia and Togo, India and Cameroon, Uruguay and Yemen, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan, Kenya and the Philippines, and everywhere in between, were sharing their knowledge, experience and commitment with one another. Despite the many obstacles and challenges that the world presents us with, we work together in solidarity and hope, from the ground up, from communities of ordinary people, showing that we can make the world a better and safer place.

We must emphasise the necessity of tailoring our approaches to meet local realities and CSOs play a pivotal role in this endeavour, effectively bridging the gap between frameworks and local action.

Amjad Abbashar, Chief, Regional Office for Africa for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDRR

GNDR would like to warmly thank all those who spoke, moderated or supported the sessions. And to National Focal Points, Global Board members, trustees, members and partners of GNDR who contributed so much to the planning and delivery of this inspiring event.

We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our participants for making GNDR a truly global force for good – a network amplifying the voice of CSOs and communities on the ground, at global forums and high-level meetings. A network where we can generously share our knowledge and expertise with others, and find encouragement and inspiration.

We look forward to continuing our DRR journey together, in your own organisations and as part of GNDR.

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