of the UN-ISDR/UNDP online conference
25 August - 30 September 2003
of a “Framework for disaster risk reduction for guidance
and monitoring” (UNDP/ISDR) – Information and
Presented in 8th ITAF metting, 5-6 November 2003
of Living with Risk: A global review of disaster reduction
||Chapter 6 - Future challenges: A common vision for disaster
Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)
that natural hazards can threaten any one of us,
the ISDR builds on partnerships and takes a global
approach to disaster reduction, seeking to involve
every individual and every community towards the
goals of reducing the loss of lives, the socio-economic
setbacks and the environmental damages caused by
natural hazards. In order to achieve these goals,
the ISDR promotes four objectives as tools towards
reaching disaster reduction for all:
- Increase public awareness to understand risk,
vulnerability and disaster reduction globally
- Obtain commitment from public authorities to implement
disaster reduction policies
- Stimulate interdisciplinary and intersectoral partnerships,
including the expansion of
risk reduction networks
- Improve scientific knowledge about disaster reduction
The ISDR Secretariat (UN/ISDR) (for information on the work of
the secretariat please visit www.unisdr.org) and UNDP (www.undp.org)
are pleased to welcome you to this online discussion
on a framework to understand, guide and monitor disaster risk
e-dialogue is part of an ongoing consultation that the UN/ISDR
and UNDP have launched to develop such a framework. This work
in progress has benefited from earlier consultations conducted
example by UNDP in the context of the World Vulnerability Report.
It also benefited from numerous relevant activities carried out
by the Andean Disaster Prevention Programme (PREANDINO), the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Instituto
de Estudios Ambientales (IDEA),
the Asian Disaster Preparedness
Center (ADPC) to mention only
The draft framework initially has been shared with several groups
and individuals by email or informally presented at meetings. This
on-line discussion is an opportunity to stimulate additional comment
on the draft framework from a wider audience. It is not an end
in itself and will be followed by other consultation rounds.
The discussion will be divided into three topics.
Each participant should keep the draft
disaster risk reduction framework handy as it provides a starting
point for the discussion.
The focus of each week is summarized hereafter:
25 to 31 August
questions and exchange of views relating to the
and process to develop it.
1 to 10 September
questions or issues about the proposed thematic areas and
components of the draft framework.
11 to 21 September
of views and insights on how progress in disaster risk
reduction can be measured or monitored.
22 to 26 September
up and summary of main observations and conclusions to
move the process forward
We hope that this online discussion will provide
an opportunity for all experts and practitioners of disaster
risk reduction to
comment in a constructive manner on this significant endeavour.
We look forward to working with you in the coming weeks.
The discussion will be moderated by Carmen
with the support of Yasemin
Schlosser-Allera is a consultant on environment
and sustainable development issues. Formerly a staff member
of UNEP and UNFCCC secretariat, she works mainly with international
and UN organizations. She has 15 years of experience in
international negotiations related to environment and sustainable
development, promotion of public awareness and programme
development. She is environmental engineer by training.
Aysan is a Senior Policy Advisor at the UNDP,
Bureau For Crisis Prevention and Recovery. Formerly the
Director for Disaster Preparedness Department at the
IFRC and the Head of Disaster Management Centre at Oxford
Brookes University, she has 25 years of experience in
programming and training with national authorities and
international organisations in vulnerability assessment,
disaster preparedness, and risk reduction. An architect
and a planner by training, she has a PhD on social and
cultural aspects of post disaster reconstruction planning.