Global and regional leadership in disaster risk management reinforced

Global and regional leadership in disaster risk management reinforced

From 24–26 May 2017, the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, will lead Australia’s delegation to the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancún, Mexico.

Australia’s participation in the Global Platform reaffirms Australia’s support for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 – the global blueprint for reducing disaster risk.

“This is an excellent opportunity to promote Australia’s credentials as a global and regional leader in disaster risk management,” Minister Fierravanti-Wells said before she departed.

The Global Platform will bring together countries around the world to review progress in implementing the Sendai Framework two years after it was agreed in Sendai, the epicentre of the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.

“The Global Platform provides an opportunity for us to showcase our experience and expertise here in Australia and to share the lessons we have learned from Cyclone Debbie and other disasters,” said Minister for Justice Michael Keenan.

“Australians are all too familiar with the destruction caused by natural disasters but we are fortunate that all levels of government, emergency services and communities have become very good at preparing for these events.”

Australia plays an important leadership role in the Indo-Pacific region in efforts to ensure that communities and nations are better prepared for natural hazards.

We are making an important financial contribution to international efforts to reduce disaster risk, building on the announcement by Prime Minister Turnbull of a $300 million climate action initiative to support Pacific Island Countries.

“I can also announce that Australia is entering into a new multi-year funding agreement with the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery worth AUD $12.3 million over three years to help build disaster resilience in our region,” Minister Fierravanti-Wells said.

At the Global Platform, the Minister will chair a number of key meetings, including one focusing on the special vulnerability of small island developing states to future disasters, and another conducted jointly with Mexico, Indonesia, Korea and Turkey promoting public-private sector collaboration to reduce disaster risk and build resilient communities.