Outcome statement from 4th Global Platform for DRR includes disability
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In May 2013 CBM and DiDRRN partners participated in the 4th session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. Our aim was to increase the participation of persons with disabilities within Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies and framework.
This goal is now one step closer - Disability was highly visible throughout, was mentioned in the official statements of several governments, and - for the first time - was included in the outcome statement.
One billion not accounted for in DRR
CBM, as part of the DiDRRN network, is highly concerned that the disproportionate impact of disasters on people with disability demands urgent attention.
The DiDRRN network
Disability on the agenda of 4th Global Platform
With support from UNISDR and other partners, DiDRRN members hosted the following events at the Global Platform:
- Stakeholder consultation on disability
- Side event in disability
- Participation in health feature event
- Participation in children feature event
- Performances on the Ignite Stage and in the Education Space including the showing of CBM’s award winning film ‘Kazol and the Flood’ and performances by members of the Deaf Art Community, Indonesia.
Outcome statement includes disability
Overall, the outcome of the Global Platform was highly positive in terms of raising the issue of disability within DRR. Alongside reference to disability by several governments in their final statements, the draft Chair’s Summary of the Global Platform (released 23.5.13) is the first outcome statement from the Global Platform to mention disability.