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Outcomes of the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
The Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was held at Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March 2015. Here we provide links to the most important outcomes of the conference.
The importance of WCDRR 2015 is embodied in the Sendai Declaration:
1. We, the Heads of State and Government, ministers and delegates participating in the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, have gathered from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City of Miyagi Prefecture in Japan, which has demonstrated a vibrant recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Recognizing the increasing impact of disasters and their complexity in many parts of the world, we declare our determination to enhance our efforts to strengthen disaster risk reduction to reduce losses of lives and assets from disasters worldwide.
2. We value the important role played by the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 - 2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters during the past 10 years. Having completed the assessment and review of and considered the experience gained under its implementation, we hereby adopt the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. We are strongly committed to the implementation of the new framework as the guide to enhance our efforts for the future.
3. We call all stakeholders to action, aware that the realization of the new framework depends on our unceasing and tireless collective efforts to make the world safer from the risk of disasters in the decades to come for the benefit of the present and future generations.
4. We thank the people and the Government of Japan as well as the City of Sendai for hosting the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and extend our appreciation to Japan for its commitment to advancing disaster risk reduction in the global development agenda.
Please use the following links for further reading:
The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction:
The Sendai Declaration:
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030:
Commentaries on Sendai:
We look forward to discussing these important policies and views at the 30th Conference of the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa: Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - www.disaster.co.za
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UN sets the stage for adoption of a new global agreement on disaster risk in 2015
12 December 2013, GENEVA - The United Nations General Assembly has set the stage for a new global agreement on reducing the impact of disasters by confirming that the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Sendai City, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.
The main item on the Conference agenda is agreement on a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action which was adopted at the last such Conference in 2005 within weeks of the Indian Ocean tsunami and which was attended by representatives from 168 UN Member States. Over 8,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 event including heads of State, government ministers, parliamentarians, academics, NGO and other civil society representatives.
UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlstr÷m said: `The 3rd World Conference provides us with a rare opportunity to forge universal agreement on how to build disaster resilience across all sectors of society. It is particularly important that we have a strong urban focus as we expect 75% of the world`s population to be living in towns and cities by 2050.`
Sendai City is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture in the T˘hoku region with a population of one million people. In March 2011, it was one of the cities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which killed over 15,000 people and is one of the costliest disasters in history.
Ms. Emiko Okuyama, the Mayor of Sendai City, today unveiled the Conference logo. She said: `This logo was designed by a local designer and represents people joining hands to create a chain of action. The five colours stand for the five priorities of Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters which brought the concept of resilience into the mainstream of development thinking. We look forward to hosting the Conference and to welcoming the world to the Tohoku region which has made a strong recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.`
Visit the website of the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: http://www.wcdrr.org
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