New York
United States of America

HLM - Multistakeholder Panel 4: A collective responsibility – Localising disaster risk reduction, restoring context

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Trusteeship Council Chamber



16:30 – 17:45 (GMT-5)


Effective disaster risk reduction calls for a whole-of-society approach. While an expanded and strong interface between science, policy and practice is important, the enhanced participation at the regional level as well as local levels among communities, youth, women’s groups, grassroots organisations and local authorities in understanding and managing disaster risk is crucial. Furthermore, local, indigenous and traditional knowledge present substantial value in understanding, preventing and mitigating risks, minimising disaster impacts and building resilience.

This panel will present approaches to developing risk knowledge, that tap into broad and diverse parts of our communities, offer new perspectives and approaches, and open up possibilities and partnerships that have previously seemed impossible. The panel will discuss the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and State institutions at subnational and local levels, explore how contextual specificities can be systematically 3 Notable example is the Early Warnings for All initiative. 8 integrated in risk understanding and risk management, with appropriate means of implementation, to reduce vulnerabilities of the most vulnerable and build systemic resilience for people and planet.

Guiding Questions:

  1. How can we build inclusive and interconnected governance and collaboration networks that incorporate local, traditional, indigenous knowledge?
  2. What are good examples of integrating regional and local knowledge and action – of local authorities, community leaders, grassroots, youth, indigenous peoples – in risk understanding, detection, prevention, management and reduction? What have been the barriers in doing so? If any, how can these be overcome?
  3. What are the ways forward to effectively address data gaps and risk information and what role do communities and grassroots organizations play?
  4. How can coordinated policy responses be informed by systems-based sub-national and local evaluations? How can such policies be both informed by and develop multi-sector and multi-partner interventions that adequately respond to the requirements of people and ecosystems at the sub-national and local levels?
  5. What priority actions can be taken to empower local authorities, the private sector and partnerships to strengthen risk reducing action at the subnational and local levels?

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