Secretary General's report on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China have provided stark reminders of the increasing disaster risk in urban areas. Smaller and more frequent disasters in communities around the world attest to rising vulnerability and insufficient capacity to cope with disaster risk at the local level.
The Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 is well under way and will be concluded by early 2011. Preliminary findings suggest that the Hyogo Framework for Action has proved useful in guiding the global effort towards disaster risk reduction. However, as also indicated in the 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, it also reveals that risk reduction is still not hardwired into the “business processes” of the development sectors, planning ministries and financial institutions. Strengthened political resolve is needed if the goals of the Hyogo Framework are to be reached by 2015. The coincidence with the review of the Millennium Development Goals in 2010 provides an opportunity to strengthen the linkages between these two agendas.
The present report provides an overview of progress in the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, in response to General Assembly resolutions 63/215, 63/217 and 64/200. It also considers trends in disasters and disaster risks, and coordination and guidance through the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. Details of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action and international cooperation to reduce the impact of the El Niño phenomenon are contained in the annexes.