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“Generate, allocate global funding for least developed countries facing natural disasters”

With a call to generate and allocate the necessary global financing to least developed countries facing natural disasters in order to strengthen the culture of disaster preparedness and invest in technology, the Seventh Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 ended today (May 27, 2022) in Bali, Indonesia.

The seventh GPDRR 2022 adopted four agendas: strengthening the culture of disaster preparedness, investing in disaster science, technology and innovation, building infrastructure resilient to disasters and climate change, and committing to implementing global agreements at the local level.

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The officials of the United Nations Organization for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the representative of the Indonesian government said at a press conference that – all these agendas will be known as the Bali agendas.

“The Bali Agenda for Sustainable Resilience can be the answer to global challenges regarding how disaster management is conducted after the Covid-19 pandemic and amid the threat of climate change,” said Lt. General Suharyanto, Head of Natural Disaster Management Authority, Indonesia who read the agendas from Bali.

Earlier in the three days of discussions, speakers urged, more countries need to think about climate resilience and urgently adopt and improve early warning systems to reduce the risks of a growing number of disasters in worldwide.

Ministers and other high-level government officials, members of civil society and development partners from 181 countries discussed their experiences, solutions and strategies to address the rising cost of disaster risk reduction and disaster recovery.

Speakers focused on global financing frameworks to address risk and build resilience during the conference titled — “From Risk to Resilience: Towards Sustainable Development for All in a World Transformed by Covid-19” .

In different forums, delegates also emphasized the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, women and girls, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in the environmental decision-making process.

Ahead of the closing session held last night, delegations from Bangladesh gathered in a program organized by the United Nations office in Bangladesh to discuss lessons learned from the GPDRR 2022 conference.

The socio-economic impacts of Covid-19 and ways to rebuild the world formed an important segment of the three-day conference.

Plenary sessions focused on the multi-hazard nature of the risks governments and stakeholders face in achieving global goals, including those of the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework and the Sustainable Development Agenda. 2030.

During the closing session, Megawati Sukarnoputri, fifth President of Indonesia, joined the online program as the main guest while Mami Mizutori, Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Cultural Affairs, chaired the session.

The GPDRR conference was the first United Nations international forum on disasters since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some 4,091 participants from 184 countries attended the event with 3,001 people attending in person, while more than a thousand delegations followed the five-day event via virtual platforms.