The first session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was convened by the U.N. Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs in June 2007 in Geneva. The U.N. General Assembly voted to establish the Global Platform in place of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction (IATF/DR). The stated purpose of the Global Platform is to strengthen the ISDR and support governments in meeting the goals of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

The Platform is expected to be the principal world forum for the wide range of actors active in disaster risk reduction. These include governments, U.N. agencies, international financing organizations, regional bodies, civil society, the private sector, and the scientific and academic communities.