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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Focus on The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3rdWCDRR)

Third UN World Conference on Disaster risk reduction ; ‪#‎WCDRR

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and its preparatory process welcome the participation and contributions of all relevant stakeholders, including parliaments, civil society, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organizations, national platforms for disaster risk reduction, focal points for the Hyogo Framework for Action, local government representatives, scientific institutions and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

UN Secretary-General calls for massive investment in disaster risk reduction

March 14, 2015 : The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, today opened the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, stating that annual economic losses now exceed US$ 300 billion annually.
“We can watch that number grow as more people suffer. Or we can dramatically lower that figure and invest the savings in development. Six billion dollars allocated each year can result in savings of up to US$360 billion by 2030, the Secretary-General said.

He said he had met earlier in the day with Vanuatu President, Baldwin Lonsdale, and extended his condolences to the people of Vanuatu amidst fears that Cyclone Pam may have caused widespread damage and destruction over the weekend.

The Secretary-General told the 4,000 participants – including representatives of 186 governments - attending the opening day of the five day event: “You have made this the highest-level meeting on disaster risk reduction in history. This is the first stop on our journey to a new future. Disaster risk reduction advances progress on sustainable development and climate change.”
He praised the existing global agreement on disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which was adopted ten years ago in Kobe, Japan. He said it “has saved thousands of lives. Now we must respond to the world’s growing needs by empowering individuals, supporting communities and backing promises with resources.”

Work is continuing at the Conference to agree on a new framework for disaster risk reduction which will update the HFA.

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon said: “Our thoughts are with all disaster victims. Our best possible tribute will be to make this Conference a success.”

Lists of Natural Hazards
  • Avalanche snow avalanche, snow slide
  • Cold Wave extreme weather, extreme temperature, cold temperatures
  • Cyclone hurricane, tropical storm, tropical depression, typhoon
  • Drought deficiency of precipitation, desertification, pronounced absence of rainfall
  • Earthquake seismic, tectonic
  • Epidemic & Pandemic epidemic: bubonic plague, cholera, dengue, non-pandemic diseases, typhoid; pandemic: H1N1, HIV, smallpox, tuberculosis
  • Flood inundation; includes: flash floods
  • Heat Wave extreme weather, extreme temperature, high temperatures
  • Insect Infestation locust, plague, African bees
  • Land Slide debris flow, mud flow, mud slide, rock fall, slide, lahar, rock slide and topple
  • NBC - Nuclear, Biological, Chemical biohazard risk, chemical contamination, nuclear radiation risk
  • Storm Surge coastal flood, wave surge, wind setup
  • Technical Disaster chemical spill/leak, explosions, collapses, gas leaks, urban fire, oil spill, technical failure
  • Tornado waterspout, twister, vortex
  • Tsunami
  • Volcano crater, lava, magma, molten materials, pyroclastic flows, volcanic rock, volcanic ash
  • Wild Fire bush fire, forest fire, uncontrolled fire, wildland fire
Loss Events Worldwide 2014

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution adopted in 2013 (68/211) on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document and will have the following

To complete assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
• To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations as well as relevant regional agreements within the
implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action;
• To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
• To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
• To determine modalities to periodically review the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.


The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The global community needs a plan on how it will build resilience against natural hazards, according to the director of Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre.Nathan Kigotho, who is in Sendai, Japan for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, says Kenya is mostly affected by drought.In 2005, a 10-year plan called the Hyogo Framework for Action was adopted to help protect the world from natural disasters. A new plan is now needed to replace it. Nan Zheng began by asking Mr Kigotho what he hopes the outcome of the conference will be.

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2015

 The Global Risk Data Platform is a multiple agencies effort to share spatial data information on global risk from natural hazards. Users can visualise, download or extract data on past hazardous events, human & economical hazard exposure and risk from natural hazards. It covers tropical cyclones and related storm surges, drought, earthquakes, biomass fires, floods, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The collection of data is made via a wide range of partners (see About for data sources). This was developed as a support to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) and replace the previous PREVIEW platform already available since 2000. Many improvements were made on the data and on the application.

Support the Global Risk Data Platform

The GAR is a comprehensive review and analysis of disaster risk and risk management. It is published every two years.GAR15 was launched in March 2015, it looks at how to make development sustainable. Visit the GAR15 website

Draft post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (revised on 13 March 2015)
Education for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) takes into account the relationships between society, environment, economy, and culture and their impacts. It also promotes critical thinking and problem-solving as well as social and emotional life skills that are essential to the empowerment of groups threatened or affected by disasters.
Natural Disaster Preparedness and Education for Sustainable Development - UNESCO


United Nations - Interview of Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction ahead of the opening of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai, Japan, 14-18 March 2015)

UNISDR : Resilient Cities Connect is a platform where cities, development partners and businesses can exchange their knowledge, services and capacities to increase the local resilience of people, public services and businesses

Queries on the preparations 

Ms. Elena Dokhlik
Tel: +41 22 91 78861
Fax: +41 22 73 39531, +41 2 27 339855

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