The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), held in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March, adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030. The Conference brought together over 6,500 participants from 187 Member States, including 25 Heads of State, Vice Presidents and Heads of Government, 42 intergovernmental organizations, 236 civil society organizations, 38 UN entities, and over 300 private sector representatives, who attended the intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder events.
The Conference included an opening session, daily plenary sessions, a high-level special event, working sessions, as well as receptions and awards ceremonies, and the official closing session. Over 40,000 participants attended the Public Forum, which included 350 side events, a Children & Youth Forum, thematic pavilions, and other events. More than 200 persons with disabilities participated in the Conference proceedings as delegates, speakers, panelists, and contributors, while 34 events from both the official Conference programme and the Public Forum addressed issues of disability.
During the intergovernmental segment, a number of High-level Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues were held, including one on 14 March that focused on “Mobilizing Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction.” The discussion explored how the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction can be utilized to expand and strengthen opportunities, and make full use of the leadership of women in disaster risk reduction. It also considered social, institutional, economic capacity and public awareness aspects. Another dialogue focused on “Risk Sensitive Investment: Public-Private Partnerships” and “Inclusive Disaster Risk Management: Governments, Communities and Groups Acting Together.” UN-NGLS had facilitated an open nomination and civil society Selection committee process to identify civil society speakers for these High-level Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues, and for five Ministerial Roundtable Discussions:
- Governing Disaster Risk: Overcoming Challenges
- Reconstructing After Disasters: Building Back Better
- International Cooperation in Support of a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
- Public Investment Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction
- Reducing Disaster Risk in Urban Settings
Complete information about the nomination and selection process, as well as the list of speakers selected, can be found here.
On 18 March, Member States adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030. The Sendai Framework outlines seven global targets to be achieved over the next 15 years, including:
- a substantial reduction in global disaster mortality;
- a substantial reduction in numbers of affected people;
- a reduction in economic losses in relation to global GDP;
- substantial reduction in disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, including health and education facilities;
- an increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020;
- enhanced international cooperation;
- and increased access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments.
In the run-up to the World Conference, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) called on countries, organizations and civil society to submit films celebrating their successful implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, and highlighting important issues for the post-2015 framework. The HFA celebration stories and videos are available online: http://www.wcdrr.org/celebrating