RDFG at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva

On May 16, 2019, Mr. Vano Grigolashvili, the head of the RDFG Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Center was invited by the Capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative (CADRI) to participate in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conducted in Geneva from 13th to – 17th of May to represent the Georgian experience on collaboration between state and non-state actors in prioritizing the DDR agenda in the development sector. In the CADRI event on ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’ of developing national disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies, Mr. Grigolashvili sat on the panel to discuss lessons learned for involving CSOs and NGOs in the actual implementation of DRR strategies, how CSOs and NGOs can be effectively involved in the development of national and local DRR strategies, and how can their engagement be sustained throughout implementation.  Within the open discussion, he delivered a speech on the crucial role played by CSOs and NGOs in shaping national and local DRR strategies and spoke about the RDFG DRR Center’s concrete contribution, activities and experience in supporting the implementation of DRR activities in Georgia:

“The main success factor for achieving positive dynamics in DRR strategy design and its implementation is the Georgian authorities’ open door strategy for practical collaboration with international and local non-state actors as well as other stakeholders, and replication of the successful practices of partnering countries,” – Vano Grigolashvili, Chairman of RDFG.

The session brought together experts and practitioners from various countries to showcase the progress made towards the achievement of the Global Target of the Sendai Framework on DRR strategies and share their experience and lessons learned in developing and implementing national or local DRR strategies.

Within the panel discussions, representatives from UNDP, UNFAO, and the Deputy Director of the National Disaster Risk Management Program in Serbia, Ms Sandra Nedeljkovic, spoke about the success factors in involving various sectors to participate in DRR strategy development, the lessons from ‘localizing’ the DRR priorities outlined in the National DRR Strategies, and how the private sector has been brought in to support local action, among other topics. The event was attended by representatives of the public sector, NGOs and private institutions from different countries.

The Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) is a global partnership of 19 UN and non-UN organizations committed to leave no one behind and achieve the 2030 agenda by strengthening countries’ capacities to reduce disaster and climate risks.

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk.

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a critical component of the monitoring and implementation process of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).