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The Agenda will include Plenary Sessions / High-level dialogues, which will aim at connecting global discussions with regional priorities. The event will have numerous Parallel Sessions that will cover important aspects for the implementation of the priorities of the Sendai Framework in the region. These sessions are important to share learning and exchange best practices in disaster risk reduction of multiple stakeholders across sectors. The VII Regional Platform will also host a Ministerial Meeting, in which Ministers and High-Level Government representatives of different sectors take stock of the challenges and opportunities as well as mark the priorities for the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region for the next two years. The output of this meeting is a Ministerial Declaration.

The Agenda will be posted here once available. Due to the intergovernmental and inter-sectorial nature of the regional platform sessions, an Advisory Council is formed and charged with designing the agenda and establishing the structure and content of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean. The Advisory Council is formed by representatives of Governments, Civil Society, Private Sector, Science and Technology Community, UN agencies and Development Banks. The principles governing the composition of the Advisory Council seek to ensure a diversity of perspectives, the representation of different stakeholders and expertise in all aspects of DRR and related subjects. The Advisory Council of the RP is usually formed, at least, 12 months before the event in order to develop and sign off on the Concept Note for the Regional Platform, design the event's structure and develop its agenda.

Official Statements

Delegations are invited to present official statements of up to five (5) minutes. All delegations and sub-regional, regional, international, non-governmental or private organizations are invited to present such statements. Only registered and confirmed participants can submit a request on behalf of their delegation. The Official Statement can be presented in a written format or delivered to an audience during the Regional Platform.

Written Statements: are made via the RP Website or other agreed means and should not exceed 500 words. Countries are encouraged to ensure that orally-delivered statements do not exceed five (5) minutes. All orally-delivered statements will be video-recorded and made available to the public via the RP website.

Registration for official statements will open in 2020

Side Events

A limited number of side events will be available for partners, through an application process. They will have a standard duration of 60 minutes and will take place in the main conference venue. Further logistical details, including time slots and rooms, will be shared at a later date.

Submission: The call will open on the 6th of January 2020 via an online application form.

Deadline for Submission: 20 March 2020

Selection criteria:

  1. Applications are received within the time of the opening of the call
  2. Due to the limited amount of slots available for side events, multi-stakeholder organizing teams, representing a variety of different organizations and perspectives, have a greater likelihood of being accepted.  Applications from single organizers will not be accepted.
  3. Geographic Balance
  4. Panellist Gender Balance
  5. Relevance of panellists to the proposed theme
  6. The Guiding Principles for the Regional Platform 2020 will also be taken into account:           

    i. Coherence with other global agendas                     
    ii. Multi-stakeholder approach             
    iii. Innovative                
    iv. Inclusive and Diverse 

Learning Labs

Several learning labs sessions will offer facilitated peer-to-peer learning opportunities on specific topics relevant to the themes of the Regional Platform. A small-scale setting of 20-30 participants will provide an effective environment for peer-to-peer learning, knowledge and experience sharing. Applications for learning labs will open at a later date.

Market Place

The Marketplace is an exhibition area consisting of booths that different participating institutions can book for a fee to showcase their products, projects and services. Instructions to apply and request market-place spaces will be available at a later date.

Ignite Stage

The Ignite Stage is an arena in which participants in the Regional Platform have 20 minutes (strictly timed) to present their projects, products or initiatives in the field of disaster risk reduction. The goal is to offer a space to share new ideas and spark innovation. This space complements and expands the range of topics discussed and presented in the Regional Platform. The Ignite Stage is open to all participants. Those interested in presenting at the Ignite Stage shall fill in an application form and the Platform organizers will select presentations according to the following criteria: diversity of topics, gender balance, geographic diversity, and space availability. Registration for Ignite stage will open in 2020.