Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

The Government of Canada hosted the Fifth Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RPA) that was held in Montreal, Canada, on March 7-9, 2017. The RPA brought together some 900 participants from across the Americas, with representation from national and local governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, mayors and parliamentarians, local communities, Indigenous peoples, and leaders from business, academia and science. This RPA was the largest to date.

The three-day event included four plenary sessions, nine parallel sessions, a marketplace, multiple side-events, an Indigenous art exhibit as well as craft fair and an Ignite Stage. The Montreal session of the Regional Platform included two innovative initiatives: the launching of a Youth Video Challenge in the Americas and the hosting of a Public Forum with discussion topics that aligned with the Platform’s agenda and priorities.

A new element of the RPA was a dialogue session that brought together Ministers and officials to discuss implementation of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 in the Americas. The session was attended by representatives of the countries throughout the Americas, as well as representatives from regional, international and inter-governmental organizations and other major stakeholder groups.

The Montreal Declaration and Regional Action Plan (RAP), adopted at the dialogue session, outline priority initiatives that countries in the region can undertake to advance implementation of the Sendai Framework and to reduce disaster risk across the hemisphere. The RAP will serve as a model for future Regional Platforms and marks an important development in the region.

For more information on the Regional Platform, including copies of the outcome documents,see the United Nations Website.

RP17 Report - Short Video Series

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