For discussion and comment:
- What is
your general assessment of the value of this on-line discusssion,
what conclusions did youdraw out of this dialogue?
- In your
opinion, what should be the next concrete steps to improve
the substance of the Framework? What should be the concrete
steps to achieve global endorsement of a framework for disaster
reduction and commitment to progress on agreed benckmarks/targets
(is the process of MDGs (see http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/)
a good example to follow?). Brian Doswell, in his contribution
of 22nd of September, has raised excellent questions related
to this topic, please reread his message when replying to this
- As some
of you might recall, the first World Conference on Natural
Disaster Reduction was held in Yokohama, Japan in 1994. At
that time UN member States in partnership with international
organizations, NGOs, the scientific and business community,
adopted the Yokohama Strategy (http://www.unisdr.org/unisdr/yokostrategy.htm)
and Plan of Action, to guide Natural Disaster Prevention, Preparedness
and Mitigation over the last ten years. This Strategy and Plan
of Action are currently being reviewed (http://www.unisdr.org/unisdr/GA2001.htm)
to identify achievements and gaps. From this review, a renewed
Programme of Action is expected to be adopted at the second
World Conference on Disaster Reduction, tentatively planned
for 2005 in Kobe-Hyogo, Japan.
The question is then how should the framework exercise link with the global
review of the Yokohama Strategy and the second World Conference on Disaster
- What should
be the process of engaging the donors in supporting disaster
reduction under this Framework? How to get donors to commit
to this Framework? How should their role be reflected in the
Framework? (See the example of MDGs)
- Many of
you had suggested closer linkages between this Framework and
the MDGs, How can this be concretely achieved?
- If you
are aware of any major events where this framework can be discussed
that will help the process of reaching global agreement and
commitment, please let us know.
draft disaster risk reduction framework.
The last days of this on-line conference will be devoted to a
wrap up exercise. It should capture the main outcomes of the dialogue,
and summarize the advances made on the framework and its development
process, paving the way for work in the coming months.