Media Advisory: Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

Published: 6 March 2017 23:38 CET

On March 7-9, 2017, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will participate in the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17), which will be hosted in Montreal, Canada. Additionally, 15 Red Cross national societies will attend the event. The Government of Canada will host RP17, with support from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Regional Office.


As such, the IFRC will host two parallel sessions and one IGNITE Stage during the event:


- March 08 / 10:30 – 12:30. Sendai Framework: Inclusion of Volunteers in Social Mobilization for Disaster Risk Reduction will focus on highlighting the central role that community volunteers play in responding and preventing disasters.


- March 08 7 14:00 – 15:50 High Risk Populations as Agents of Change for Disaster Risk Reduction – addresses the necessity of a community-led approach in disaster prevention and response when working with vulnerable populations.


- March 9 / 11:20 - 11:40. Putting Communities at the Center of Our Work: a Guide to Community Engagement and Accountability: The IFRC’s approach to community resilience strengthening ensures communities are placed at, and remain at the center of decisions and actions that impact their future and that programs respond to objectives defined by the community. In the Americas region, the IFRC Zika Operation has been actively promoting the CEA approach to dealing with vector-borne epidemics


- In addition, the IFRC and participating National Societies will take part in the RP17 Marketplace, where various entities will have the opportunity to share experiences, demonstrate their work and network.


“This platform is an opportunity for us to promote a disaster risk reduction approach that is centered on people and communities first and foremost. We understand communities as the essential starting point for building a resilient system. It is also a space where we can learn from others, ensure that the different organizations that are working in the region are on the same page, and that we are together advocating with governments towards preventing disasters and making our communities more resilient.” – said Walter Cote, IFRC Americas Regional Director.


The IFRC looks forward to engaging with key stakeholders and actors involved in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to exchange experiences and best practices, as well as discuss potential next steps in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR. The outcomes of the meeting are expected to contribute to defining the recommendations that will be presented to the Global Platform that will be held in Cancun, Mexico on May 24-26, 2017.


For more information, contact:

Diana Medina, Communications Manager, IFRC ARO –

Daniel Ureña, Resilience Coordinator, IFRC ARO –