The Indonesian government, through the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), is preparing to host the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) event which will be held in 2022. Bali is again believed to be the location of the international event. This was conveyed by BPNB Deputy for Social Security Strategy Wisnu Widjaja when visiting Bali Governor Wayan Koster Guna to discuss the event at his residence, Jayasabha, Denpasar (1/10).
On this occasion, Governor Koster explained that Bali continues to implement what has been recommended by the central government regarding disaster-safe tourism, including in facing the current conditions of Bali Province amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “Currently Bali is still in the red zone area. However, we continue to tighten the regulations for implementing health protocols for the public,” explained Governor Koster, who previously served as a member of the DPR.
Governor Koster hopes that with the form of synergy from the regional government and community discipline, Bali Province can continue to suppress the potential for Covid-19 transmission. So, Bali can be ready and safe in holding the GPDRR activities in 2022.
As previously stated by the Deputy for Sisban Strategy for BNPB Wisnu Widjaja, the election of Indonesia as the host for the 2022 GPDRR is also one of the spaces for the Indonesian government, particularly the Province of Bali, to further promote disaster risk reduction-based tourism on the international stage. “It is an honor for Indonesia, especially Bali to host the GDPRR activities in 2022. This activity can become an event to promote Bali tourism in the international arena,” said Wisnu Widjaja.
The GDPRR is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the United Nations Agency to review the progress of various knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in disaster risk reduction. The activities that will be held in 2022 are expected to be attended by 182 countries consisting of high-ranking government officials, non-governmental organizations, academics, the tourism sector and the media.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia is waiting for a decision and agreement from the results of a comprehensive study, because there are many aspects that must be reviewed regarding the feasibility of holding this big event.