Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
For the past decade, the international agenda on disaster risk reduction was defined by the Hyogo Framework for Action: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disaster, which comes to a close in 2015.
This 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction will focus on reviewing the progress made, and defining a post 2015 framework on establishing resilient societies. Reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improving preparedness and early warning for adverse events are all examples of disaster risk reduction. Sound Disaster Risk Reduction strategies and policies are an important component of sustainable development.
By its Resolution 68/211 of 20 December 2013, the General Assembly decided that the Third United Nations World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction would be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. The Assembly also decided that the Conference would be convened at the highest possible level, result in a concise, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented outcome document and have the following objectives:
(a) to complete the assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
(b) 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 under the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
(c) to adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
(d) to identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction; and
(e) to determine modalities for periodic review of the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
The Conference is organized by the United Nations Office For Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). UNESCO has supported the organization of 11 working sessions and is co-organizing 4 public forums. Flavia Schlegel, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, will also take an active role in various working session, including moderating and presenting, together with UNESCO programme specialists.
UNESCO’s commitments based on its comparative advantage and mandate will be delivered both at the Plenary and during the related working sessions.