Words into Action guidelines: Man-made/technological hazards (Consultative version)


This consultative version of the guideline is the product of literature reviews, discussions and contributions from diverse stakeholders, as well as UNISDR-nominated experts appointed specifically for the development of the Words into Action guideline for man-made/technological hazards. The working group is chaired by UNISDR and the UN Environment / Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Unit (JEU).

The main features of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction are: 1) a shift in focus from managing disasters to managing risks; 2) a wider scope which includes risk of small- to large-scale, frequent and infrequent, sudden and slow-onset disasters, caused by natural or man-made hazards, as well as related environmental, technological and biological hazards and risks; and 3) a more people-centered, all-hazards and multi-sectoral approach to DRR.

The guide provides a targeted set of practical considerations for implementation to address man made and technological hazards at national and local levels under each of the four Priorities for Action of the Sendai Framework.

The Guide also highlights the existing diversity of thematic frameworks, institutional and legal mechanisms at global and regional levels that are related to and used for addressing man-made hazards. It also draws attention to existing collaborations to implement these tools within the DRR community, including those undertaken by UNISDR and other key partners.

The guide is intended to supplement the related provisions of national and international law, regulations and recommendations. It promotes and strengthen communities of practice and professional networks. It will evolve and incorporate new knowledge as needed.


This is the consultative version of the guideline. If you have comments and inputs in relation to this (including further case studies for consideration), please contact the following, UNISDR focal point for this publication adding "Word into Action guideline for Man-made and technological hazards" in the subject line:

Dr. Chadia Wannous
Senior Advisor
Email: wannous [at] un.org

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