President Joko Widodo has announced that the Island of Bali will host the 2022 gathering of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR).
As reported by Kompas.com, President Widodo lauded the GPDRR as a biennial meeting convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Platform’s stated goal is to exchange ideas and the latest techniques for handling natural or human-made disasters.
Commenting on Thursday, 15 October 2020, the President, about the 2022 conference coming to Bali, said: “This forum will be attended by 193 countries, making it a very large event with 5,000 to 7,000 participants expected to attend.
The President instructed all the relevant elements of the Government to prepare well for the event. Adding: “Please don’t forget that the attendance of some 190 countries will generate a momentum that can be used to promote Indonesian tourism.”
The President emphasized that the large-scale international conference must be utilized in the Country’s best interest. The forum must also highlight Indonesia’s role in reducing the risk of major disasters. “Because of this, preparations must be well done. I believe that Indonesia as the host will bring its great experience of acting as the host of major international events,” the President said.