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Outcome statement from 4th Global Platform for DRR includes disability

A young woman taking into a microphne (she a wheelchair user)
Kazol Rekha, who lives in a village in a flood-prone area of Bangladesh, tells the conference of her role on the Disaster Preparedness Committee, making sure people with disability are not forgotten when disaster strikes

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

The World Report on Disability (World Health Organisation, World Bank; 2011) estimates that between 15-20% of the world’s population are people with disability. The issue of disability, and these 1 billion people themselves, are not accounted for within the current international framework on disaster risk reduction (DRR); the Hyogo Framework for Action, 2005-2015 (HFA).

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

Logo for DiDRRN (Text: Disability inclusive DRR Network for Asia and Pacific ©DiDRRN
The DiDRRN network was established at the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Indonesia in 2012.

The network consists of ‘mainstream’ and disability focused organisations and disabled people’s organisations.

The aim of DiDRRN is to ensure that people with disability are accounted for, and actively contribute to, DRR policy and practice post-2015 (HFA2).

Disability on the agenda of 4th Global Platform

A large group of happy people with banner 'Disability inclusive DRR: widening the participation of persons with disabilities in post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction' ©DiDRRN
The attendees from DiDRRN
The 4th Global Platform for DRR was the key international DRR event before the launch of HFA2 at the World Conference on Disasters to be held in 2015 in Japan. In previous Global Platforms, disability had not been on the agenda.

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

For the first time disability was highly visible at the Global Platform and was mentioned in the official statements of governments including Bangladesh, Germany, Georgia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Uganda and the United States.

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.

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - as it happened

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CBM participates in global DRR conference

In May 2013 CBM will be taking part in the 4th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.


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Working with partners to ensure that people with disabilities are included at all levels of disaster preparedness and response


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My story: Kazol Rekha

A young woman living in a village in a flood-prone area of Bangladesh tells about her role on the Disaster Preparedness Committee


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