Europe Sets Stance for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 28 March 2017 – A European conference today set out the continent’s stance for the looming 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, underscoring the need to rein in the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards.

The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction issued its 17-point Istanbul Outcomes at the end of its meeting in the Turkish megalopolis.

“You have demonstrated our collective commitment to reducing disaster risk, with the important work done setting a common European position to feed into the Global Platform, in Mexico in May,” said Ms. Paola Albrito, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s European arm.

The 500 delegates spent three days taking stock of efforts to curb risk in a region where the top natural hazards are floods, storms, heatwaves, earthquakes and wildfires. In addition to economic losses, they focused on the links between disaster risk, climate change and migration – a high-profile topic, given the regional impacts of the Syria crisis.

The conference was also important for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international agreement adopted in 2015 with the aim of bringing down disaster death tolls and economic losses...

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Credits: Jonathan Fowler, UNISDR

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