World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Mar 14, 2015

UNDP is currently engaging with partners and Member States in the development of a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction - a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). This new framework will launch at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), scheduled for 14-18 March in Sendai, Japan.

Drawing on its extensive experience at country level, in particular in support of national efforts to meet the goals of the HFA, UNDP is contributing technical guidance and advocating for a framework that is ambitious, actionable and reflective of country level needs.

UNDP’s work in Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery

Over the last 20-years disasters have killed 1.3 million people, affected over 4 billion and cost the global economy at least US$ 2 trillion. Efforts to achieve development goals have been routinely hampered by disasters that have denied access to schools, hospitals and livelihoods. It is clear that there can be no truly sustainable development so long as progress is consistently and drastically set back by disasters.

Since 2005, UNDP has expended at least US $1.7 billion in support of national and local efforts to achieve the priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action. DRR and recovery are core elements of UNDP’s new Strategic Plan (2014-2017) and the organization’s portfolio has increased from $150 million to $200 million annually.

For more information on UNDP's work in DRR, or our support to the development of a Post-2015 Framework for DRR, please contact UNDP: carl.mercer@undp.org

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