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SMArt at the GPDRR 2019

SMArt participates in the sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) and presents “Agony of a glacier”. With this series of pictures from the Rhône Glacier, the artist Laurence Piaget-Dubuis tells the story of a surreal and desperate attempt to stop the melting of the glacier.


The GDPRR is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk. 2019 session is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 17 May, convened and organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and hosted by the Government of Switzerland.


“It has been another year of devastating events which have claimed many precious lives and destroyed entire communities. Disasters are a constant reminder to us that whatever progress we have been making in reducing disaster risk, it is still not enough.
The Global Platform is an opportunity for us to come together to renew and accelerate our efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Achieving its targets for reducing disaster losses is a challenge and an opportunity to make the world a safer and more resilient place for future generations.”
Ms. Mami Mizutori Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Agony of a glacier, Laurence Piaget-Dubuis