The VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP23) has successfully concluded in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The event was held in a hybrid format from February 28 to March 2, 2023, under the theme, “Science and Technology for Integrated Disaster Risk Management”. The Government of Uruguay hosted the forum, which aimed to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss and address the issue of disaster risk reduction.
The forum was organized as an inclusive event, and participants had the option to attend either in person or online. The multi-stakeholder approach of the Regional Platform brought together Member States, Parliamentarians, Local Governments, United Nations system entities, Intergovernmental Organizations, private sector, media, major groups, and other stakeholder groups.
The event highlighted the importance of science and technology in integrated disaster risk management. Participants discussed various strategies and approaches for inclusive and sustainable disaster risk reduction efforts. The forum also aimed to promote the use of science and technology to enhance disaster preparedness and response.
Overall, the VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean was a significant milestone in disaster risk reduction efforts in the region. The event provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share their experiences, challenges, and best practices in disaster risk reduction. The outcomes of this event are expected to feed into the ongoing efforts toward more effective disaster risk reduction in the region.