Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Earthquake in Japan, 11 March 2011, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Earthquake in Japan, 11 March 2011, The Yomiuri Shimbun

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

08 - 13 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland


United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

Project details

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was established in 2007 and is now the world’s foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations.

The Third Session of the Global Platform, convening 8-13 May 2011, will bring together disaster risk reduction, recovery and reconstruction experts. Over 2,000 policy makers and practitioners, from government, international organizations, NGOs, academia, and the private sector, from both developing and developed countries, will gather to assess and share information as well as set new directions for the disaster risk reduction imperative, with emphasis on local initiatives and activities.

For this event we are looking for approximately 80 volunteers to fulfill various responsibilities including welcoming services, conference preparation, editing and reporting on conference events and translating.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers are looking for volunteers for the period of 8 to 13 May 2011, as well as for one evening prior to the conference for the training session.

57 volunteers for welcoming services.

  • Welcome and provide assistance to delegates;
  • Oversee the setup of sessions and assist with logistical requests;
  • Serve as session assistant / room monitor;
  • Assist resource persons, including High-Level Panelists and other speakers, with distribution of documentation and related tasks;
  • Help prepare bags for the delegates before the conference;
  • Provide liaison services between staff.

16 Reporters, 2 Editors and 2 Photographer

  • Write and proofread session reports;
  • Proofread and edit session reports;
  • Document conference events.

4 Translators

  • Translate documents during the event;
  • Languages: Six U.N. languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian).

If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please submit your CV to and register below.
If you have any questions you may call us at +41 22 800 14 36.

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