Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) was finalised on March 2015. Whilst the framework is complete, it is a far from perfect policy framework and how it will be monitored is still to be determined. Read more to be informed, support GNDR and participate.

The SFDRR was adopted on March 18th 2015 at the World Conference for DRR in Sendai, Japan. 187 states adopted the framework after days of often tense negotiations. Disagreements between Northern and Southern states meant negotiations went on and overran into the night. The finalised framework will guide nations’ DRR planning and programming for the next 15 years.

Whilst the framework is complete, how it will be monitored is still to be determined. An Intergovernmental and expert working group on indicators will be established by UNISDR to decide upon the global indicators that states will have to use to measure progress in achieving the targets of the SFDRR.

How is GNDR involved?

  • GNDR was an UNISDR Organising Partner of the NGO Major Group, as part of the UN system to engage stakeholders in the SFDRR. This saw GNDR act as a coordinating body for NGOs globally, pulling together and passing on key voices from the civil society world for government and UN negotiators to hear. We called for implementers of the new framework to have a reality check and ensure that the framework they were developing took into account real life at the frontline. Read more about our Reality Check Campaign and other activities in the run up to and during the World Conference for DRR in Sendai, March 2015.
  • Stu Solomon from GNDR was invited to input into a draft set of indicators that will be posed to the Intergovernmental and expert working group on indicators. We pushed to ensure that all indicators and data collected is disaggregated, to ensure that impact is measured at the local level and to ensure that civil society is engaged in a useful and meaningful way. The negotiations are on-going but we are pushing to try to ensure there is as much coherence between the SFDRR and the SDGs and that the indicators measure local level resilience.
  • The first meeting of the Intergovernmental and expert working group on indicatorswill be held on the 28th-30th September. The GNDR Secretariat staff and some members will be in attendance at this first meeting and will be fighting for civil society to have a voice in this process. More will be shared about this meeting shortly. We will be pushing to have a composite resilience index added to the current set of indicators, rather than just focusing on input and impact measures.
  • UNISDR is now working to develop implementation guides to accompany the SFDRR. These will be called “Words into Action”. As part of this process they are creating working groups on different themes and inviting nominations for participants. Many GNDR members have put themselves forward to be part of these working groups.

We are keen to hear about what our members are doing in relation to the SFDRR. Please get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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