The impact of Covid-19 shows us we’ve not made enough progress on achieving the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. But what if we had done more before the outbreak?
By Valeria Drigo, Policy Lead
15 June 2020
The Sendai Framework, adopted in 2015, is a roadmap for governments to build resilience. It guides countries in managing and reducing the impact of hazards, including biological ones like Covid-19.1
Seven targets, listed from A-G, have been set for countries to achieve by 2030. Yet various reviews2 of progress to date say that achievements are far from satisfactory.
In Africa, disaster mortality (Target A) increased 13% between 2015–2016 and 2017–2018. Globally, 68% of economic losses (Target C) between 2005 and 2017 were caused by localised and frequent disasters, which continue to be underestimated.
Target E, which calls for national and local disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies to be adopted by 2020, is lagging behind. According to UNDRR, by September 2019 only six countries had reported that their national DRR strategy was in full compliance with the Sendai Framework.
Implementation is another struggle in many countries. Research conducted among African countries shows that only 4% fully implement their DRR strategies.