Indonesia to Host 7th GPDRR This Year
Indonesia has announced readiness to host the seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in the resort island of Bali from 23 to 28 May 2022.
“We are pleased to be the host. We are ready in terms of facilities and infrastructure. We also continue to pay a special attention to disaster risk (management),” Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster said during a bilateral meeting with Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori at Bali Governor’s Office, Friday (04/22).
According to Wayan, the Government considered Bali as the best province in terms of detection, early warning, and post-disaster management.
“We have carried out preparedness simulations every 26th of every month by training the youths, school students to detect disasters and educate them on disaster risks,” the Governor said.
In COVID-19 handling, Wayan also stated that Bali has implemented a local wisdom system in support of the Central Government’s policies, one of which is the implementation of banjar (neighborhood)-based vaccination.
“We are involving customary villages to mobilize residents so it can run well. We have the highest vaccination coverage in Indonesia,” he said.
In the meantime, Mizutori stated she was very impressed with Bali’s success in synergizing the pandemic handling with local wisdom system implementation, while asking the Governor to share this experience with the world.
Mizutori also expressed appreciation for Bali’s success in organizing international events such as the IMF and World Bank meetings in 2018, adding that the appointment of Bali as the host of the 7th GPDRR was considered by Mizutori as the right decision.
“Global events can be well organized in Bali. I believe, we can rise from this pandemic by joining hands to minimize the impacts of disasters and rise together with many governments from other countries,” she said.
During the visit, Mizutori also held a meeting with Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (PMK) Muhadjir Effendy and Head of the National Disaster Management Agency Suharyanto to discuss the GPDRR preparations. (NASTER/UN) (FI/EP)