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Disaster risk reduction and its impact on sustainable development require sound foundations in social and economic knowledge and understanding.

This includes developing relevant scientific and technical capacities especially in developing countries.The UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) has provided technical advice, published case studies on using science for disaster risk reduction and contributed to policy formulation in collaboration with the scientific and technical community.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai Japan in March 2015, recognises the importance of science and technology, calling to "Enhance the scientific and technical work on disaster risk reduction and its mobilization through the coordination of existing networks and scientific research institutions at all levels and all regions with the support of the UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group..." (paragraph 25g).

To meet this request by the Sendai Framework and to serve the needs of countries and stakeholders more directly, the current STAG will be strengthened in terms of its scope, resources and expand its work to different partners working on science and technology, including research institutions, organisations and networks, who may be interested to join efforts and provide evidence-based support to the implementations the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

A call for interest in a science and technology partnership will be issued by the UNISDR to key partners as per the terms of reference. The call will include partners, platforms and networks working on disaster risk reduction to renew their commitment and align it to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, considering its goal, targets, priorities and actions.

UNISDR Scientific and Technical Partnership

The scientific and technical partnership will support implementation of the Sendai Framework through the following:

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The Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG)

Recognizing the importance of research, scientific and technical information for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR established a Scientific and Technical Advisory Group(STAG). The purpose of the STAG is to provide technical advice and support in the formulation and implementation of activities carried out by the disaster risk reduction community. The work of the STAG encompasses all aspects of the scientific and technical dimensions of risk reduction, with particular emphasis on the needs of developing countries.

In the STAG's 2013 report "Using science for disaster risk reduction", the Group makes the following recommendations:

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UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework, 27-29 January 2016, Geneva

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