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Side Event | 9.00-11.00 | Sendai Civic Auditorium Meeting Room 5

Monday 16th March

Showcasing Innovation: Media and Communication for DRR

Organisers: BBC Media Action, GNDR, Netherlands Red Cross, Plan International, and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Media and communication can play a great role in saving the lives of people vulnerable to disasters. It can provide life-saving information, change attitudes towards risk, support dialogue that facilitates positive actions towards building resilience to future risks, and encourage greater accountability by governments and other stakeholders to safeguard the wellbeing of those at risk.

Over the past decade a number of innovative methods have been used to improve public awareness, education, and other positive actions to support disaster risk reduction (DRR). These include using broadcast media, videos, games, music, mobile phones and more.

When experts convene at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, we have a special opportunity to celebrate the achievements realised to date on the Hyogo Framework under Priority Action 3: "Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels".

The side event at the conference will showcase the best examples submitted and host a discussion, with a panel of experts, about why these samples are particularly innovative and effective.

The expected outcomes of the session are:

  • Raise appreciation of the role media and communication can play in supporting DRR
  • Inspire new ideas for using media and communication to reduce risk
  • Increase understanding around good practices, lessons learned, and challenges
  • Spark new relationships that will support future media & communications work

How can you engage?

  • Attend this session: This session is open to all those attending the WCDRR.

Side Event | 14.45-17.00 | Sendai Civic Auditorium Small Hall

Frontline: Local risk profiling and monitoring to strengthen resilience 

Monday 16th March

Organisers: GNDR

GNDR will be launching Frontline at the WCDRR! Frontline is a global participatory action research programme of work that gathers local risk knowledge and priorities, provides national dashboards for policy making to support effective implementation, provides national and global baselines as well as monitoring mechanisms for all post-2015 frameworks, and supports and strengthens local action and learning.

This session will provide civil society, governments and other actors a chance to hear from those who have implemented Frontline, and an opportunity to explore Frontline’s potential uses in their own contexts.

For more information on Frontline click here >>

How you can engage?

Attend this session: This session is open to all those attending the WCDRR.

Working Session | 10.00-11.30 | Hagi Hall

Underlying Risk Factors

Monday 16th March

Organisers: GNDR, International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT, Government of Japan), PSAG representative, UNESCO, UNDP, UNU, WMO, UNISDR

Over the 10 years of HFA implementation countries report most challenges in addressing the underlying drivers of risk. These were subsumed under the Priority Area 4 of the HFA and in fact encompass a range of development issues, many of which lie outside of the traditional responsibility of disaster managers and risk specialists. The addressing of underlying risk factors is fundamental to reducing disaster risk.

The Working Session will provide an opportunity present and discuss concrete country and locality examples that clearly unpack different underlying drivers of risk and also show ways that these have been or will be addressed.

How you can participate?

  • Attend this session: This session is open to all those attending the WCDRR.

Working Session | 12.00-13.30 | Exhibition Hall 1

Communities Addressing Local Risks

Monday 16th March


GNDR, Practical Action, ADRRN

Many policies are developed without full consideration of real life on the ground in terms of the risks that communities face and the way that communities address these risks themselves. As a result, there is often a gap between national DRR policies and local-level practices. This has caused many DRR initiatives to be inappropriate and ineffective.

This is due to the lack of meaningful involvement of communities in the design, implementation and monitoring of DRR initiatives. Views from the Frontline surveys uncovered that community participation in decision making was one of the indicators of the Hyogo Framework for Action that saw the least progress. When communities are given the chance to have their say and the power to take lead and work in partnership with others, resilience can be built to the everyday disasters people feel on the ground.

Through good practice examples and other learning, this session will demonstrate the value added of community-led DRM and initiatives that build on community capacities, knowledge, resources, and experiences. Drawing from this learning, the session will then identify ways forward to ensure local governance capacities are enhanced in the implementation of the post-2015 DRR Framework, and that initiatives draw on community knowledge, capacities, resources and experiences.

How can you participate?


GNDR member, the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) is one of the organisers of the campaign On the Road to Sendai.  The campaign bridges the gap between civil society and world leaders; getting communities to emphasise what they want to see in the new framework. It looks at the success stories of HFA 1 with messages of what worked best in preventing, reducing and bouncing back stronger from disasters. It also attempts to de-mystify and widely circulate the concepts in HFA 2 to improve understanding primarily among the development sector, as well as the broader public.

For more information, visit  http://www.roadtosendai.net/aboutthecampaign

Click to seen events and sessions in which ODI is involved at Sendai 

We, NSET are happy to join in the events and processes set for WCDRR and we are also conducting the following sessions. We request all GNDR members their help to circulate/propagate this information and our sincere invitation to the GNDR community! Click to see our events. 

GEADIRR is presenting the video "Technical and social risk knowledge in Cameroon" at Sendai. Click to read further details and WATCH THE VIDEO!!

We are happy to invite the GNDR community to Islamic Relief Worldwide's side events at the 3rd WCDRR , Sendai, Japan! Click to see our events. 

We send all GNDR members a heartfelt invitation to our Side Event "Beyond Inclusion: Empowering Women as Leaders in DRR", as well as sharing our Call for Action on Post 2015 Framework on DRR with GNDR colleagues. Click to see our events.  

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