WHO Kobe Centre at the Global Platform for Disasters

19-23 May 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

WKC participated in the 4th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held on 19-23 May in Geneva. The Global Platform is the main global event of country representatives and other stakeholders on disaster risk reduction every two years. This year’s event was participated by more 2500 representatives of Member States, NGOs, development agencies and disaster management organizations.

This Global Platform provided a forum to:

  • consolidate and present health inputs to the ongoing dialogue on the development of the framework to succeed the current Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015);
  • discuss the development of the global framework on emergency and disaster risk management for health; and
  • review progress made by countries, communities and organisations on emergency and disaster risk management for health, including the implementation of the HFA and the targets from the past Global Platforms.

WHO, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and partners, organized the following events with a health focus:

  • Featured event: The health imperative for safer and resilient communities;
  • Side-event: “Safer hospitals—essential priorities for disaster risk management and community resilience” (with the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the International Union of Architects (UIA);
  • Meetings of the WHO/ISDR thematic platform on emergency and disaster risk management for health; and
  • WHO stand in the Exhibition (co-organised with other health sector partners) to which all health sector partners were invited to contribute materials.

The programme had 3 sessions dedicated to an Informal Plenary on the Post-2015 Framework. There were about 25 side events and the market place. There were a few events which dealt specifically on health and others which addressed urban issues. Urban matters and local government were a recurrent discussion topic in many sessions of the Platform.