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UNDRR Global Platform 2019

Building on our successful collaboration in the UNDRR Global Platform 2017 in Cancun, Mexico, IDPP is again providing support for remote participation in the Global Platform 2019 (GP2019) in Geneva, Switzerland.

GP2019 (May 13-17, 2019) designed to accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. State and non-state delegates from around the world will gather in Geneva to assess the progress made in this landmark international approach to inclusive disaster risk management.

IDPP will support access to the conference for participants around the world who would otherwise not be able to attend. A selected series of side-events and working-sessions will include the opportunity of remote participation throughout the week of GP2019. Remote participation and accessible web-conferencing will be provided through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

Persons interested in participating in this way, may use their personal computers or the free mobile application called Blackboard (which must be installed in advance). If you would like to participate remotely in the selected sessions.

The remote session will allow participates to view selected live conference sessions, which include English closed-captioning. Participants will also be able to ask/answer questions via online messaging or video/audio.

GP 2019 Conference Events with Remote Participation

A live video stream of the conference sessions will be provided through the UNDRR at this link: . This stream will have audio, captioning, and international sign language capabilities.

The blackboard rooms below will still be live, with active messaging participation and audio.

Link to attend conference sessions in Rooms 1 and 4

Link to attend conference sessions in Room 3

May 15

Room 1

  • Welcome Session 9:00 – 10:00

  • High Level Dialogue 1: Progress Made in Implementing the Sendai Framework – Global and Regional Perspectives from 10:00 – 11:30 (Question link for HLD 1 )

Room 3

  • Working Session: Global Assessment Report 2019 from 14:30 – 16:00

  • Working Session: National and Local DRR Strategies from 16:30 – 18:00

Room 4

  • Press Conference from 13:30 – 14:00

  • Special Session: Women Leadership in DRR from 14:30 -16:00

  • Working Session: Sendai Framework Implementation 16:30 – 18:00

May 16

Room 1

  • High-Level dialogue 3: Risk-Informed Public and Private Investments from 9:00 – 10:30

Room 3

  • Working Session: Unlocking the Resilience Dividend from 11:00 – 12:30

  • Working Session: Innovative DRR Investment Modalities 14:30 – 16:00

  • Working Session: Promoting Locally-Led DRR/DRM from 16:30 – 18:00

Room 4

  • Working Session: Build Back better & WRC Outcomes from 11:00 – 12:30

  • Working Session: Health in All Disaster Risk management Strategies from 14:30 – 16:00

  • Working Session: Global Risk Assessment Framework from 16:30 – 18:00

May 17

Room 1

  • High-Level Dialogue 5: Pursuing Coherence Between the Sendai Framework, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement from 9:00 – 10:30

  • Risk Award Ceremony from 16:30 – 17:00

  • Closing Ceremony from 17:15 – 17:45

Room 3

  • Working Session National DRR Strategies and Climate NAP’s 11:00 -12:30

  • Working Session Integrating Risk Management Ecosystems and Water-Related Risks from 14:30 – 16:00

Room 4

  • Working Session: The Role of Green, Blue, and Gray Infrastructure in Reducing Disaster Risk from 11:00 – 12:30

  • Working Session: Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems from 14:30-16:00


The primary accessibility key combinations for the main accessibility tools in Collaborate:

  • To turn the microphone on and off, press Alt + M in Windows. On a Mac, press Option + M.

  • To turn the camera on and off, press Alt + C in Windows. On a Mac, press Option + C.

  • To raise and lower your hand, press Alt + H in Windows. On a Mac, press Option + C.

  • To move to the next slide, press Alt + Page Up. On a Mac, press Alt + Fn + Up Arrow.

  • To move back a slide, press Alt + Page Down. On a Mac, press Alt + Fn + Down Arrow.

For help with the accessibility features of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, please see the following link:

Double Robot Remote Participation:

IDPP will be bringing a Double robot for virtual participation to the UNDRR’s 2019 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. These robots provide full maneuverability around the conference venue, and offer unique opportunities for participation.

There will be three means of engaging in the conference events using this robot. Participants can attend the formal sessions and side events, they can attend the special day-long sessions at the Innovate Platform, and the Ignite Stage, and participants will be able to participate in the more casual events of the day such as the exhibition and the informal meet-and greats between sessions. (If participants do use the robot to attend the formal sessions, it is preferred that they keep the robot on the side, or at the back of the rooms, so as to avoid distracting from the panels and presentations).

Participants can sign up for slots throughout each day of the conference, at this sign-up genius link.

Those who want to participate will need to download Double ios app for iphone, or connect through the chrome web app at

When the scheduled participant’s time slot comes up, they will be able to access the robot through a link sent to their email.