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Government of Canada hosts Seventh Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction

On November 21st 2016 more than 200 members of Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction gathered in Montreal, Quebec for the Seventh Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction.

This Roundtable brings together all levels of government, the private sector, non-government organizations, and individual Canadians interested in finding innovative ways to collectively reduce the risks and impacts of disaster. This year, discussions focused on the theme of ‘Understanding Disaster Risks’, the first of four priorities for action under the United Nation’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

In a video message to participants, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, highlighted the gathering as a forum for information sharing and collaboration to advance Canada’s commitments under the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. He also took the opportunity to launch Flood Ready, a new public awareness campaign to increase Canadians’ knowledge of flood risks.

Canada will host the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas in Montreal on March 7th-9th 2017. The Regional Platform will continue discussions with some 1,000 delegates from 50 countries and territories (35 sovereign states and 20 territories) about shared objectives to reduce disaster risk.

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