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Exploring the New Roadmap in Disaster Risk Reduction

by M. Ali on 27th April, 2015 at 3:16 PM CEST


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon delivers a speech during an opening ceremony of the third United Nations World Confernece on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, northern Japan, March 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo

It was really a historical movement in the living history of the world when more than 6000 participants from around the world converged in the cold Sendai, Japan to define the new road in disaster risk reduction (DRR) in order to attend the 3rd UN World conference on Disaster risk Reduction.

They congregated to develop the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction 2015-2030. It comes with a new goal to contribute to sustainable development by reducing the risk of disasters and building resilience around the world.

Almost for 5 straight days in March, this new Sendai framework for the future was intensely negotiated between governments,civil-society and Youth organizations. While these negotiations dragged through what was meant to be a celebratory ending, many of those in attendance had little to celebrate by the end of the week. The most amazing factor of the conference was the engagement of youth which is the future of the world. That’s why SG UN Ban-ki Moon proudly expressed that “Engaging youth in the disaster risk reduction work is not only a necessary measure; it is an act of prudence providing them with rights and meaningful access to save and shape their future”

This is especially true of anyone fighting to create a link between climate change, and the disasters it now so often amplifies around the world. The new Disaster Risk agreement states that climate change is an underlying cause of disaster and that “ensuring a credible links between these processes (UNFCCC and DRR) will contribute to building resilience and achieving the global goal to eradicate poverty”.

However, considering that 87% of natural disasters are shaped by climate change, there are many who feel it is not nearly good enough. Extreme weather flooding, droughts, storms and a number of other environmental hazards are intensified due to climate variability. Cyclone Pam and Super-Typhoon Yolanda highlighted this fact. But the vulnerability, especially in the Pacific, will continue if concrete actions are not taken.

The CF Local Representative from Pakistan Mr. Ali Muhammad also contributed in this conference by promoting his idea about ‘disaster risk governance’. Many delegates broadly accepted that particular types of governance arrangements are needed to incentivize risk management. This is important as a guiding principle. It recognizes the political nature of reducing risk, which requires greater transparency, accountability and the participation of stakeholders at all levels.


C:F Local Representative from Pakistan, M. Ali attended the third United Nations World Confernece on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan

The next stops in this road will be defined in June with a major conference in financing for development, the Sustainable development goals in September and of course COP21 in France.

Ultimately, how the Sendai framework is implemented over the next 15 years is more important that the text itself.

Article by M. Ali

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