Outcome of the World Conference for DRR
We have now made it to the end of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. It has been a great experience for GNDR, coming together with so many of our members to make sure that civil society is included in the new framework and that the framework considers the realities of those living at the frontline. We have participated in 30 hour long negotiations, multi-stakeholder dialogues, working sessions, side events and civil society meets. Over the last five days our tweets, Facebook posts, and blogs have been viewed by over 65,000 people. We have loved getting to meet new members and seeing old members again. For all those who where in Sendai, thank you very much for all your work.
So.... What happened here in Japan?
States finally reached an agreement on a new intergovernmental framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) at the World Conference for DRR in Sendai, Japan. The new agreement has been called the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, replacing the 2005-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action. Negotiations overran as contested issues of international cooperation, technological transfer, and coherence with the Sustainable Development Goals and UNFCCC processes led to long hours of debate and frustration.
The Framework presents a step forward in terms of the inclusion of vulnerable groups, identifying actions at different scales, and international transfer of technology. However, it falls short in terms of providing measurable targets, building on local level capacities, recognising conflict and climate change as underlying drivers of vulnerability, and making linkages with other critical frameworks being developed this year, including the SDGs and the UNFCCC's Climate Change Agreement. For a non-legally binding Framework, it lacks ambition and does not set a strong precedent for these other major international agreements later this year.
The new Framework does, however, place an important emphasis on civil society in achieving the Framework's goals. We congratulate this and further reinforce this message. Civil society organisations (CSOs) commit to enhancing local level impact and accountability of the Sendai Framework for DRR, ensuring the gaps in the Framework do not lead to shortcomings in impact for the most vulnerable.
We are ready to play the roles of implementer, capacity builder, knowledge broker, connector, advocate and monitor. Specifically, we are keen to contribute to the development of national and local level targets and indicators and work governments to engage us in this. We will implement local level participatory monitoring, with our Frontline programme, and share local level knowledge to inform planning, and call on governments and other actors to collaborate with us. With the upcoming post-2015 discussions on sustainable development and climate change we plan to continue to work together to advocate to include stronger commitments, backed up by concrete funding pledges.
Most of all, we plan on working with all of you to strengthen the way we work together and to try and make sure that governments have a Reality Check!
Download the Sendai Framework here: [Sendai_Framework_for_Disaster_Risk_Reduction_2015-2030.pdf394.25 KB]