Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Sendai Framework: a tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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The Sendai Framework, the first of the world's post-2015 development agreements, was adopted in March 2015. It was followed by three other major intergovernmental accords: the July 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development; Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015; and the December 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNISDR Strategic Framework 2016-2021

UNISDR Annual Report 2015

UNISDR's Strategic Framework 2016-2021 is guided by the following vision, mandate and overarching objective: the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses for a sustainable future; focal point of the United Nations system for disaster risk reduction and the custodian of the Sendai Framework, supporting countries and societies in its implementation, monitoring and review of progress; the prevention of new and reduction of existing disaster risk and strengthening resilience through successful multi-hazard disaster risk management.

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UNISDR Annual Report 2016

UNISDR Annual Report 2016

This is the first Annual Report against the UNISDR Work Programme 2016-2019 and in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

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2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The biennial Global Platform, launched in 2007, is world's foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations. The fifth edition, the first of the Sendai Framework era, will take place from 22 to 26 May this year in Cancun, Mexico. Click here to find out more.

Indicators and Terminology

Open-ended intergovernmental expert working group on indicators and terminology

Intergovernmental Expert Working Group

The third and final formal session of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Indicators and Terminology Relating to Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Geneva from 14-18 November, issuing a final report for approval by the UN General Assembly. Click here to find out more.

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2017 Sasakawa Award

The nomination process for the 2017 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction ended in February. The jury will honour an individual, organization or initiative which has made a substantial contribution towards saving lives and reducing global disaster mortality. The award will be presented at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, in Mexico in May. Click here for more

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2017 Risk Award

The RISK Award, endowed with €100,000, is issued every two years. The risks posed by population development, environmental and climate change are increasing. Complex technical systems and infrastructure are additional risk factors. The award partners - UNISDR, the Global Risk Forum Davos and the Munich Re Foundation - recognise the need to address this development. The RISK Award aims to help improve risk reduction and disaster management by providing financial support to projects dedicated to this topic. This year's award will be issued at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Click here for more about the RISK Award

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Download 'We Are One' from Health Songs International

"We Are One", with lead vocals by Zambian recording artist Lucy Nkhoma, was produced by Health Songs International for UNISDR. You can download the ringtone version above, or listen to the full song here on our YouTube channel.


The first ever World Tsunami Awareness Day took place in November 2016. Tsunamis are rare. But they can be extremely deadly. Such a stark impact isn't inevitable, however. Early warning systems can save lives. Equally important is community and individual understanding about how and where to evacuate before a wave strikes. Tsunamis know no borders, making international cooperation key for deeper political and public awareness of risk reduction measures.

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The 2016 edition of International Day for Disaster Reduction marked the start of the "Sendai Seven Campaign – 7 Targets, 7 Years”. It's an advocacy initiative to encourage implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, with the goal of saving lives, reducing disaster losses and improving management of disaster risk.

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Uniting Nations, People and Action for Resilience

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Featured Organization: WMO

The vast majority of disasters are linked to high-impact weather and hydrological events as well as climate extremes, including rapid-onset hazards such as tropical cyclones and slow-onset hazards such as droughts. Disaster risk reduction is, therefore, at the core of the mission of WMO and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of its 191 Member States and Territories. More about WMO

United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience

Collective action by the UN system is critical to ensure that disaster risk is reduced, a fact underlined in the Sendai Framework and its linked post-2015 agreements, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The revised UN Plan of Action, approved in April 2016, represents an opportunity for the United Nations system to actively work towards the Sustainable Development Goals as one body.

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