On 3 and 4 October 2017 the Bangladesh Academy Centre co-hosted a National Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction with the Government of Bangladesh, the UNDP and other civil society stakeholders.

The conference was organised as a national level follow up from the 5th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction hosted by the Government of Mexico in May 2017.

The conference was attended by over 150 representatives of civil society, government, international institutions and the private sector from Bangladesh. Speakers included many well-known senior experts as well as new voices not often heard in the disaster management arena, who shared ideas and innovations from their own work. This included Bangladeshi entrepreneurs as well as youth volunteers, each sharing their perspective and experience of disaster management to date.

The key note speech was given by Dr Mahbuba Nasreen who is the Director and Professor of the Institute of Disaster Management Vulnerability Studies (IDMVS). Dr Nasreen discussed the topic of “Cancun-GPDRR Commitments: Our achievements and challenges” which inaugurated the conference and set the tone for the two days of discussions.

Following the inauguration session there were several different sessions which covered some of the pressing issues related to implementing the Sendai Framework in coherence with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These sessions included: professionalisation of disaster risk management and humanitarianism in Bangladesh; innovation, digitisation and ICT for disaster risk management; risk financing and business continuity; Bangladesh’s vision for 2021; making development risk sensitive; plus, urban hazards and risk reduction. Participants shared their learnings and challenges across these areas, drawing on perspectives from across the various actors involved in the management of risk.

A declaration was agreed at the end of the conference which identifies the achievements, gaps and recommendations for stakeholders in Bangladesh to continue to build on previous successes through greater collaboration and coordination on disaster risk management. This document will inform the policy dialogue going forward and shares with those unable to attend the key outcomes and commitments of this important event.

See below the full list of co-organisers:

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