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.