Disaster Risk Reduction

A UNECE toolkit for the implementation of

the Sendai framework

Prosperity can only be built on a solid foundation of security and stability, but can be wiped away in minutes as the consequence of both natural and man-made disasters, not counting the immeasurable human suffering and environmental degradation that may result.

Sustainable development in its economic, environmental and social dimensions also relies on the solid management of disaster risks. This is because disasters exacerbate poverty, affecting disproportionately the most vulnerable, who often live in exposed areas such as informal settlements erected with no regard to building codes. Disasters also have a devastating impact upon fragile eco-systems, destroy schools and hospitals affecting health and educational outcomes, and result in increased social tensions and weakened institutional support systems for social policy.

UNECE works to ensure that social and economic progress go hand in hand with a better disaster risk management. Weak and under-resourced systems and infrastructure in sectors ranging from housing to energy networks, from trade and transport hubs to information technology, compromise the capacity to manage any risk, including disaster risks. UNECE activities not only strengthen these systems’ capacity to deliver services in normal times, they also reduce disasters risks, build resilience and enable countries to cope with and recover from disasters when they occur.

Latest news and developments:

a) Presentation by the Chair on of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Indicators and Terminology relating to Disaster Risk  Reduction on Terminology related to disaster risk reduction (Geneva, 20 June 2016).

b) Draft report of the Open-ended intergovernmental expert working group on indicators and terminology relating to disaster risk reduction. It includes the recommended list of Sendai Framework indicators and related terminology.

c) Technical Collection of Concept Notes on  Indicators for the Seven Global Targets of the  Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by Andrew Maskrey.

d) Background on global UN frameworks on DRR.

e) Guidance on how to implement the Sendai Framework and provide worldwide access to expertise, communities of practice, professional networks and platforms.

f) Draft UNISDR 2016-2017 biennium work plan.

g) Proceedings of the Third UN World Conference on DRR, 14-18 March 2015 / Sendai, Japan.

Recent and upcoming events:

News and Events

Standards for DRR session, 17 March 2015, Sendai, Japan