President Halonen participated at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva on 14-16 May. Women’s stronger role in disaster risk reduction and preparedness was underlined in a panel, where speakers included e.g. President Halonen and Assistant Secretary-General Mami Mizutori (UNDRR). President Halonen also made an opening statement at a ministerial round table, where linkages between disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change mitigation where explored.
During her visit in Geneva, President Halonen met with Mr. Petteri Taalas (Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization), as well as with Mr. Guy Ryder (Director-General of the International Labour Organization).
In the picture: Tarja Halonen, Guy Ryder