• United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Americas and Caribbean
  • Government of Jamaica
  • Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency



The Government of Jamaica's hosting of the VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean under the theme "Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean" is aimed at raising awareness of the increasing economic and human cost of disasters in the Americas and the Caribbean, including the special challenges facing Small Island Developing States. At the VI Regional Platform on Disaster Reduction in the Americas, held in Cartagena Colombia June 20 – 22, 2018, a decision was taken to convene the next forum in Jamaica. This will be the first time a regional platform will be hosted by a Caribbean nation, being one of the world's most vulnerable regions to extreme weather events and seismic activity.

In 1998-2017 disaster-hit countries reported direct economic losses valued at USD 2,908 billion. Reported losses from extreme weather events rose by 151% compared to the previous 20-year period. The Americas and the Caribbean accounts or 53% of reported global economic losses in the last 20 years as a result of climate-related disasters. The heaviest cost of storms relative to the size of their economies fell on small island states of the Caribbean. The United Nations lists Jamaica among the countries most exposed to natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides and flooding. The Hon. Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government & Rural Development and Deputy Chairman of the National Disaster Risk Management Council (NDRMC) said "the forum will raise awareness not just for Jamaica, but for the region on a whole to have a real platform for expression of our positions on disaster risk and all the associated issues".

Regional Platforms are recognized by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (A/RES/69/283) as critical mechanisms to monitor progress in its implementation at the regional level. They also play an instrumental role in the development of policies and strategies and in the advancement of knowledge and mutual learning at the regional level. Regional Platforms take stock of the implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies that are aligned with the Sendai Framework and assess the level of progress made, to identify gaps and priorities and make recommendations for the development of the next Global Platform.

The Regional Platforms pursue three general objectives:
  1. Present and analyze the progress achieved at the regional level regarding the comprehensive and inclusive implementation of the Sendai Framework and its targets, identifying key areas of success and areas where concerted attention is needed.
  2. Taking into account the risks and impacts of COVID-19 and other disasters, review the Regional Action Plan to assess needed adjustments, define regional priorities for the following two years and identify mechanisms to promote the integration of disaster risk management within and across sectors.
  3. Considering the systemic nature of risk, as well as the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, climate change and other compounding risks in the region, take stock of the recovery efforts and recommend strategies to achieve resilient economies and build a risk-informed inclusive sustainable development.
The main expected outcomes of the seventh session of the Regional Platform are:
  • Chairman’s summary
  • Declaration from the high-level segment / Ministerial Meeting
  • Presentation of the progress made and recommendations to advance the implementation of the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Americas and the Caribbean.
  • Proceedings of the seventh session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Virtual Event 

The unprecedented impact of the global pandemic has greatly accelerated the development of virtual event technology, its design and adoption. The RP21 will be the first Regional Platform for disaster risk reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean to be implemented 100% online. The fully virtual implementation modality presents a unique opportunity to organize a high-level event that is sustainable, more carbon-neutral, and globally inclusive.  

The RP21 will be implemented using a ‘all-in-one platform solution’ through a service provider called Hopin. Hopin is one of the most advanced virtual venues for online live events available in the global market – conceived to enable meaningful interactions and networking between people, similar to an in-person event. Attendees not simply watch the content but become a part of the event experience themselves through a range of tools designed to provide a highly interactive online experience.  

At the RP21 attendees will: 

  • Network with all event attendees using one-on-one live video and direct messages. 
  • “Connect” and exchange virtual business cards for following up later. 
  • Explore the RP21 exclusive ‘on-demand’ content presented at the Official Statements and Ideas Incubator areas. 
  • Visit the Innovation Platform and connect with the exhibitors, watch live presentations and network with the RP21 partners. 
  • Watch keynote presentations on stage, send chat messages, fill out polls, and engage with content through other interactive tools. 
  • Join workshop sessions and work together in groups. 
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