Secretariat of the International Strategy
for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR)
 
Priority Areas to Implement Disaster Risk Reduction
“ Building disaster resilient communities and nations”
Helping to Set a New International Agenda
 
 
Focus
Technical support by
 
Co-sponsor
 
 
 

 

 
Summary of UN/ISDR online dialogue
(15 June – 15 July 2004)

Priority areas to implement disaster risk reduction " Building disaster-resilient communities and nations"
Helping to set a new international agenda, 2005 – 2015

Summary Topic 3

5 - 11 July
Voluntary partnerships to support implementation, at all levels. Operational criteria and modalities. Links with relevant WSSD partnerships and other existing ones.
 

Summary Topic 2

From 16 June to 4 July
Implementation mechanisms at local, national, regional and international scales. Links with existing developmental mechanisms and frameworks. Support to national and local implementation and follow-up.
 

Summary Topic 1

From 15 to 25 June
Objectives and areas for action, stemming from the preliminary conclusions of the review of implementation of disaster risk reduction
 
Introduction

The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) through its Secretariat invites you to an on-line dialogue from 15 June to 15 July 2004 to discuss
priority areas for further action to implement disaster risk reduction 2005-2015.


Purpose of the on-line dialogue:

To provide a wide forum for inputs to the conclusions of a review of current implementation of disaster risk reduction and to identify future priority action areas, including support mechanisms.

Target audience:

The on-line consultation will provide space for a global dialogue between government representatives, experts and interested stakeholders on reducing vulnerability to natural hazards. The results of this dialogue will provide inputs to and impact on the discussions and outcomes of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in January 2005.

We invite participation by experts in all development, sustainable development and disaster management sectors.

The World Conference on Disaster Reduction, 18-22 January 2005, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan (WCDR), is a milestone event to increase the profile of disaster risk reduction in development planning and practice as well as in humanitarian work and to provide guidance to reduce risk to natural hazards.

The first Preparatory Committee session for the WCDR was held in Geneva, 6-7 May 2004, which brought together UN Member States, UN agencies, Inter-Governmental Organizations and NGOs. One of the recommendations was for the ISDR Secretariat to provide a list of elements for a strong action-oriented outcome document to contribute to the inter-governmental negotiations on priorities to implement disaster risk reduction in the coming ten years.


Tentative agenda:

15 - 25 June Topic 1 Core objectives and areas for action, stemming from preliminary conclusions of the review of implementation of disaster reduction
26 June - 4 July: Topic 2 Implementation mechanisms at local, national, regional and international scales. Links with existing developmental mechanisms and frameworks. Support to national and local implementation and follow-up.
5 - 11 July: Topic 3 Voluntary partnerships to support implementation, at all levels. Operational criteria and modalities. Links with relevant WSSD partnerships and other existing ones.
12-15 July: Wrap up and summary


How to participate:

Please register by clicking here or send a message to [email protected]

The discussion will take place English via email. The moderator receives the messages and he will pass them on for circulation to all as it fits the discussion. The messages will also be posted on the website, but no inter-active discussion will take place there.

You will find guidelines for the participants on the website address indicated above. If needed, those who wish to contribute to the discussion are welcome to contact the moderator for advice on the form and content of their contributions

The moderator for the dialogue is John Twigg on behalf of the ISDR Secretariat. All messages shall be directed to the moderator at email address: [email protected]

John Twigg is an independent researcher/consultant and honorary research fellow at the Benfield Hazard Research Centre, University College London, specialising in the social and institutional aspects of risk reduction. His recent projects include a study for the ProVention Consortium on methodologies for assessing natural hazard risks and the net benefits of mitigation, and a review of good practice in disaster risk reduction (Disaster Risk Reduction: Mitigation And Preparedness In Development And Emergency Programming. London: overseas development institute, 2004)

UNDP is co-sponsoring the on-line conference and the Regional Disaster Information Centre (CRID) in Costa Rica is providing technical support.

Please circulate this invitation to your colleagues and other relevant networks.


Background document for discussion:


Elements for programmatic action plan and mechanisms for implementation, WCDR (31 May 2004), is the background document for the on-line consultation, supported by the Progress report draft review of the Yokohama Strategy.

Additional reference information:


Summary background


Starting point:
The Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World in the 21st Century, adopted in 1994 during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, outlines the principles for disaster reduction.

The on-going review of the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action identifies gaps in its implementation and concludes on areas which need further strengthening. It also provides a consolidated guiding framework for disaster reduction, developed through the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) in collaboration with UNDP.

The preliminary conclusions of this review formed the basis for a first draft of Elements for Programmatic Outcome for the WCDR. It was discussed at the ninth session of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction (4-5 May 2004) and made available to Member States at the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the WCDR (6-7 May 2004).

Expected result:
Definition of priority areas for further action to implement disaster risk reduction 2005-2015 (to coincide with the review in 2014-2015 at the Commission for Sustainable Development on “Vulnerability and disaster management” as defined by the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, as well as with the Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015)

The WCDR is expected to launch a programmatic action plan for disaster risk reduction, focusing on national needs - 2005-2015 - under the lema of building disaster resilient communities and nations. This plan should be based on priorities defined as objectives, and areas for action, which can serve to define voluntary targets at local, national and regional scales.

It should also agree on a mechanism for follow-up and implementation with elements for local and national implementation, as well as regional and international support to that implementation.

The thematic sessions at the WCDR will be based on these priority areas, and will focus on discussing good-practices and ways forward to ensure implementation.

The second session of the Preparatory Committee will meet 11-12 October 2004 where the WCDR outcomes will be negotiated. The ISDR Secretariat has been asked to prepare an updated draft of the elements for a programmatic document to implement disaster reduction for the consideration of Member States, based on the recommendations of the Task Force and the first Preparatory Committee session and for further, wide consultation.