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8th-9th July 2015 | London 

A two-day workshop with the aims of developing the method and the use of the outputs, and to consider wider dissemination of the learning from the work carried out.

1st-2nd July 2015 | Workshop 

A two day workshop to consult with members on their resilience priorities, their roles, and how GNDR can support them.

1st-2nd July 2015 | Workshop 

An opportunity to discuss the regional aspects of the 2016-2020 GNDR strategy formulation.

Side Event | 9.45-12.00 | Tohoku University B201
Tuesday 17th March

Side Event - Understanding Disaster Resilience


The overarching goal of the post-2015 framework is to strengthen the resilience of people, communities and countries to disasters.  This side event will discuss what is meant by resilience - the key attributes, underpinning principles and values.  We will explore different perspectives including disaster, climate and conflict resilience to identify commonalities and differences.

These perspectives will then be considered during an open discussion involving expert panelists and questions and challenges from the audience as to how resilience is understood and applied within the post-2015 DRR framework and also the SDG and climate change frameworks.

How can you engage?

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



10.00-13.00 Exhibition Hall 1
Tuesday 17th March,

Partnership Dialogue on Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

OrganisersGNDR, Disability Caucus, Plan International and the Children in a Changing Climate Coalition, Huairou Commission and the Community Practitioners' Platform, and the World Food Programme

It is widely acknowledged that marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by disasters and have context specific and differentiated needs before, during and after a disaster. At the same time, these individuals and groups have unique knowledge and capacities to approach the wide range of interconnected risks in the complex contexts in which they are situated. They are often the first and only responders to the everyday risks they face, and have their own existing sources of resilience developed through extensive learning from real life experiences on the ground.

Only if the differentiated needs of these groups are taken into account and addressed, and their knowledge and capacities are built upon, can disaster risk management become appropriate and effective for society at large. This requires an inclusive approach to Disaster Risk Management (DRM), characterised by policies, programmes and partnerships that:

  • Provide formal space to bring perspectives and priorities of all stakeholders, in particular persons and groups subject to more risk, into public debate and decision making;
  • Engage and foster leadership of all actors, particularly those subject to more risk, at all stages of planning, implementation and monitoring of DRM.

This session will provide an opportunity for implementers to share good practices, emerging learning, and commitments towards collaborative approaches to risk management that facilitate the participation of all stakeholders, particularly those subject to more risk.

How can you participate?

  • Attend this session: This session is open to all those attending the WCDRR.
  • Not attending? Do you have briefs, background papers, reports, research findings, interviews, or videos that will support a better understanding of inclusive DRM? Share your resources at http://www.wcdrr.org/conference/programme/intergovernmental8 and you can help demonstrate the value of promoting inclusive approaches to DRM. Any materials or resources that you can share will be reviewed by the Co-Organisers and considered as part of the remaining development process for this High Level session.

For critical background reading for this session, please see this ODI paper.


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

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