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Together against Risks

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
First session, Geneva, Switzerland, 5-7 June 2007

The European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) reaffirmed its commitment in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 which aims to achieve a substantial reduction of disaster losses, in lives and in the social, economic and environmental assets, in participating in the 1st session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction organized by the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) (5-7 June 2007, Geneva, Switzerland).

It is foreseen that the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction should become the main global forum for all parties involved in disaster risk reduction, namely Governments, United Nations agencies, international financial institutions, regional bodies, civil society, the private sector, and the scientific, and academic communities.

This 1st session placed particular emphasis on the need of a strong institutional basis for the implementation of disaster risk reduction as a national and a local priority.

A series of session workshops addressed thematic priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action, such as education and safer schools, health and safer health care centres, environment and ecosystem management, disaster preparedness.

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