By Francis Wakefield
Government officials together with country stakeholders from civil society organizations (CSOs), local government units (LGUs), private sector and academe, are currently in Cancun, Mexico representing the Philippines as one team as part of the global dialogue on disaster risk reduction (DRR).
The Philippine delegation — headed by Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, the Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, and co-headed by Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Permanent Representative of the Philippine Mission to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva — is expected to highlight at the Global Platform the country’s achievements in DRR and in particular, the implementation of the Sendai Framework and share its experiences, and challenges in strengthening the country’s resilience to disasters.
“Our participation in the Global Platform is a strong demonstration of the Philippine Government’s commitment to the implementation of the Sendai Framework,” Jalad said.
“We value the work of the UNISDR and as a member of the international community, we want to show to the world that we attach great importance to our role as a global member that seriously takes action in DRR, primarily because DRR is about strengthening our resilience as a community of nations, but ultimately because DRR is about saving human lives,” he added.
The global dialogue called “The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction” is the world’s important international forum that gathers governments and stakeholders to discuss DRR.
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