Montreal to Host Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas in March 2017

Delegates from across the Americas are to meet in Montreal, Quebec, for a major conference on resilience anddisaster risk reduction.

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, announced earlier this month that between 07 to 09 March 2017, Canada will welcome over 1,000 participants from across the Western hemisphere to Montreal, Quebec for the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Second Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on the Sendai Framework.

The Minister said “We look forward to working with our partners across all sectors of the emergency management community both domestically and among our hemispheric partners to develop an interactive and action-oriented agenda.  It will also allow us to showcase the good work our country is doing to contribute to achieving resilience on local, regional, and global scales.”

“The City of Montreal is proud to host this major event, which will be held as part of its 375th anniversary.  Montreal is also one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities and actively integrates the principles of urban resilience in order to better prepare for the challenges of the 21st century.” added Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

Key outcomes will include the endorsement of a Regional Action Plan to meet the commitments of the United Nation’s Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This meeting will also provide Canada with an opportunity to learn from our hemispheric colleagues and provide a forum to share innovative solutions to inform policy and program development that is critical to our approach to disaster risk reduction.
In preparation for the Regional Platform, Canada will host its seventh Annual National Disaster Risk Reduction Roundtable in Montreal on 21-22 November, 2016. This year’s Roundtable will focus on “Understanding the Risks”, and will bring together a broad range of stakeholders to share information and best practices in an effort to advance a whole-of-society approach to meeting Canada’s commitments under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.