Rethinking the global agreement for disaster risk reduction

In March 2015, the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will take place in Sendai, Japan. Following intensive regional consultations and international preparatory meetings during 2014, the conference should see the agreement of a new international framework to reduce disaster risk (replacing the existing Hyogo Framework for Action, or HFA). With the sustainable development goals and a new climate change agreement also likely in 2015, there is a unique opportunity to ensure that risk management becomes a central pillar of development and to make a serious attempt to reduce ever growing disaster losses.

As we get closer to March 2015, ODI and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) have planned an ambitious series of activities to support this task. We will be participating in the regional consultations, thinking about the detailed content of a new disasters agreement and providing topical commentary on the direction of the debates.

Undoubtedly the post-2015 DRR agreement (the ‘HFA2’) will need to (i) address the failings of the HFA, such as foregrounding efforts to tackle the drivers of risk and strengthening the agreement’s accountability mechanism; and (ii) address contemporary challenges, such as the interface with climate change, conflict and the post-2015 development agenda. It will also need to provide all stakeholders a clear platform to work together to achieve disaster resilience and speak just as much to communities, local governments and business as it does to national governments.

Against this backdrop, ODI and CDKN are delighted to provide policy makers and practitioners with a set of resources to inform and help shape these debates. 
Our work includes:

  • A  blog series on ‘Rethinking the global agreement for disaster risk reduction’ to present innovative ideas from international experts for the post-2015 DRR agreement. 
  • A series of events to showcase the latest international thinking on DRR and to discuss the hot topics which will shape the new disasters agreement.
  • A series of publications on a wide range of topics, offering support to negotiators who have the responsibility to shape the disasters agreement, providing vital evidence on the key issues to be addressed and options for thinking through the international institutional architecture for DRR in 2015 and beyond.

Together, this work will sharpen some of the ideas around where the post-2015 DRR agreement needs to innovate. Ahead of Sendai, we have an unprecedented opportunity to lock in a favourable and multifaceted international policy landscape for tackling disaster risk worldwide.

Outputs

WCDRR side event: Incentives for investment

Public event | 17 March 2015 17:30 - 19:30 GMT+09
This event aims to change the debate on how to incentivize greater  investment in DRR by devoting more attention to the wider bene ts of DRR investments that occur independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs...
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ODI on the IGNITE stage

Public event | 16 - 18 March 2015
The World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction will see three ODI experts present on the IGNITE stage.
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WCDRR side event: Measuring Disaster Resilience

Public event | 15 March 2015 17:30 - 19:30 GMT+09
​This WCDRR side event provides an overview of the available tools for measuring resilience and outlines opportunities and challenges in their implementation to support the successful operationalization of the Post-2015 DRR framework.   ...
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Equity and inclusion in disaster risk reduction: building resilience for all

Working and discussion papers | November 2014 | Emma Lovell, Virginie Le Masson
The successor to the international agreement to reduce disaster risk - the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) is to be agreed in 2015. Following the analysis of the pre-zero and zero drafts, attempts to address some of these shortcomings and to move the debate beyond the...
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Review of the Zero Draft of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Working and discussion papers | November 2014 | Tom Mitchell, Katie Peters, Emma Lovell, Aditya Bahadur, Elizabeth Carabine, Lindsey Jones, Virginie Le Masson, Catherine Simonet, Emily Wilkinson
The new post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) is due to be agreed in March 2015 at the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). A team from ODI and the Climate & Development Knowledge Network review the latest draft. ...
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Disaster resilience for sustainable development: draft post-2015 DRR framework

Working and discussion papers | November 2014 | Emma Lovell, Tom Mitchell, Katie Peters
This two-page summary of a candidate post-2015 Framework for DRR is intended to prompt discussion among governments on alternative ways of organising the Framework. It uses a simple graphical approach to highlight the links between the Framework’s outcome, key...
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The future framework for disaster risk reduction: A guide for decision makers – second edition

Research reports and studies | November 2014 | Jan Kellett, Tom Mitchell, Emma Lovell, Virginie le Masson, Katie Peters, Emily Wilkinson, Amy Kirbyshire, Aditya Bahadur, Elizabeth Carabine and Virginia Murray (Public Health England)
This guide to the future framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) is intended for decision-makers, particularly those in government responsible for contributing to the new agreement.
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Seven myths about disasters

Articles and blogs | 3 November 2014 | Tom Mitchell
'A year ago today, Typhoon Haiyan began its course to devastate the central Philippines. Do we really have a good grip on the true scale of disaster threats? New research from ODI and partners assesses the issue with some surprising results.'
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Setting, Measuring and Monitoring Targets for Disaster Risk Reduction: Recommendations for post-2015 international policy frameworks

Research reports and studies | September 2014 | Tom Mitchell, Debarati Guha-Sapir, Julia Hall, Emma Lovell, Robert Muir-Wood, Alastair Norris, Lucy Scott and Pascaline Wallemacq
In 2015, three major policy agreements, each with a key interest in reducing disaster risk and minimising disaster losses, will be signed. ODI have worked in partnership with Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and Risk Management Solutions...
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Ambitious and coherent? Reviewing the pre-zero draft of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Working and discussion papers | September 2014 | Tom Mitchell, Emma Lovell, Virginie Le Masson, Amy Kirbyshire, Kashmala Kakakhel, Thomas Tanner, Katie Peters, Emily Wilkinson, Lindsey Jones, Julie Calkins, Aditya Bahadur, Elizabeth Carabine
After 18 months of consultations across six continents, we have the first glimpse of the new post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR). Released on the 8th August 2014 by the Thai and Finnish co-chairs of the Bureau overseeing the process, this pre-zero...
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Ambitious and coherent? Reviewing the pre-zero draft of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Articles and blogs | 4 September 2014 | Tom Mitchell, Emma Lovell, Virginie Le Masson, Amy Kirbyshire, Kashmala Kakakhel, Thomas Tanner, Katie Peters, Emily Wilkinson, Lindsey Jones, Julie Caulkins, Aditya Bahadur
After 18 months of consultations across six continents, we have the first glimpse of the new post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR). Released on the 8th August 2014 by the Thai and Finnish co-chairs of the Bureau overseeing the process, this pre-zero...
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Managing disaster risk should be everybody's business

Articles and blogs | 11 July 2014 | Virginie Le Masson
Social exclusion and inequalities aggravate the vulnerability of people and communities to disaster risks. The needs of vulnerable groups tend to be overlooked in disaster risk management (DRM), making them even more vulnerable to the impacts of disaster.
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Priorities for the new international agreement on reducing disaster risk

Public event | 16 June 2014 09:30 - 11:00 GMT+01 (BST)
CDKN and ODI are pleased to launch The Future Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Guide for Decision Makers. This is part of our event series on Rethinking International Policy for Reducing Disaster Risk which examines some of the thorny issues...
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Sticking points on the way to a new disaster reduction pact

Articles and blogs | 19 May 2014 | Tom Mitchell
Governments, businesses, researchers and community groups have met in Abuja, Nigeria to agree a declaration from the Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. If all goes smoothly, a new agreement to replace the existing Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA)...
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What does it take to mainstream disaster risk management in key sectors?

Research reports and studies | March 2014 | Aditya Bahadur; Amy Kirbyshire; Dina Khan; Mihir Bhatt
Climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent and negatively impacting development progress across the world. Mainstreaming disaster risk management within the policies and programmes of different sectors ensures that the effects of disasters are minimised. This...
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What should a new disaster risk reduction deal focus on?

Articles and blogs | 11 October 2013 | Helen Mountfort
'As attention focuses on negotiating a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action – the global agreement to reduce disaster risk that ends in 2015 - governments are calling for the inclusion of women, children and disabled people in the next framework for action...
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