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Updates from the EFDRR Closing Ceremony

November 23, 2018

Si chiude con l'adozione della Dichiarazione di Roma il Forum europeo di protezione civile

Update 16:56
Nacira Boulehouat from the DG-ECHO (Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Office), takes the floor: “The European Commission is actively supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework agreement, determined to intervene with multi-level policies. The areas for intervention include civil protection, education, industry, and sustainable finance. The Union invites Member States to carefully assess the risks and their capacity to face them, to share data and make it accessible. Europe is committed to sharing and distributing good practice and to implementing expertise on a global scale. All stakeholders, public and private, must be involved in this process. The next step will be the Global Forum, to which the Union offers its full support so that it might be productive and successful in all aspects of risk reduction.”

Update 16:30
The closing ceremony for the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction is under way with the Head of the Italian Civil Protection Department, Angelo Borrelli, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Del Re.
Agostino Miozzo, Director General at the National Service Promotion Office of the Italian Civil Protection Department, is moderating.

Update 16:40
Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs Claudia Del Re takes the floor and reads the Rome Declaration, structured into 25 points and signed by all heads of the international delegations at the Forum.

Update 16:45
Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, takes the floor: “Rome was not built in one day. Three years were required to approve, in 2015, the Sendai Framework. It also took a great deal of time to grant the Sendai Framework Monitor. Today we are ready to move from commitment to action, to reducing disaster risk and tackling human and economic losses. No country in Europe is secure. The sharing of data is fundamental. In past weeks resilient cities have been at the heart of discussion; the challenges and problems to be faced have also been much discussed. It is necessary to adapt and change urban development methods.”
Mami Mizutori continued: “An inclusive and cross-border approach is necessary for disaster risk reduction. The results of this European Forum will be the subject of discussion in Geneva, an important event that will continue the debate introduced by the Rome Declaration.
The Rome Declaration proves that Europe is united in its will for an all-encompassing approach that leaves no one excluded, starting with the most vulnerable groups.”