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Inclusive Disaster Risk Management - CBM at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

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CBM and partners participate in the 4th session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, May 2013. Together with partners from the DiDRR Network, CBM aim to ensure disability is included and mainstreamed across disaster risk management projects.

In order to explain better how to improve the ongoing initiatives, CBM and DiDRRN have just launched a key publication on good practices, which can be downloaded on this page.

What is the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction?

CBM, as a member of the Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network for Asia and the Pacific (DiDRRN), is participating in the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction from 19 to 23 May, in Geneva. The Global Platform is an international conference gathering all actors involved in the Disaster Risk Management - governments, the civil society, academics and international organisations.
The aim of this conference is to continue the momentum into a durable and sustained effort from all actors to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing resilience in communities.

What are CBM and DiDRRN objectives?

According to the World Disability Report produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, about 15% of the world’s population experience disability. If Disaster Risk Management (DRM) projects are not inclusive, 15% of the affected population might neither be prepared for a disaster, nor reach emergency services after one happens.
CBM and DiDRRN’s objective is to increase the participation of persons with disabilities within Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies and framework. It is important to ensure the most at risk are accounted for within DRR.
At the fourth Global Platform CBM wants to bring inclusion of persons with disabilities into the DRM policies and framework as one of the priorities in the final declaration. This step is necessary to ensure the participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the definition of the upcoming Hyogo Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction II.

Disability inclusive disaster risk management: voices from the field

Mainstreaming disability within all the actors of Disaster Risk Management is a key step towards inclusion of persons with disabilities. The DiDRRN and CBM have just launched a publication which details good practices of inclusion of persons with disabilities at every stage of the disaster risk management.
Valerie Scherrer, ERU Senior Manager says “Persons with disabilities are not seen as possible contributors to the communities and therefore not included in DRM projects. Together with all the partners involved in building resilient societies, we can mainstream disability and make sure everyone is included. This publication explain how mainstream organisations can easily include persons with disabilities in their projects; we don’t want anyone left behind.”


Valerie Scherrer | ERU Senior Manager | valerie.scherrer@cbm.org

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Publication on Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

CBM and DiDRRN launch a key publication on Inclusive Disaster Risk Management, including good practice examples and 'voices from the field'


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