Online Climate Change Consultation: Disaster Reduction Statement to UNFCCC Parties
9-16 November 2005



Welcome to the online climate change consultation!
Please see below to provide your views

What is the consultation about?

The purpose of the online consultation is to craft a statement conveying the relevance of the Hyogo Framework for Action adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction for Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol.

The statement will provide the basis for an intervention by the ISDR secretariat to be delivered under agenda item 11(b) ‘Cooperation with relevant international organizations’ of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) at its twenty-third session. This session is held in conjunction with COP 11. Participants are also reminded that COP 11 is held in conjunction with the first meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 1).

Why make a statement?

The World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) specifically recognized the importance of the linkage between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, both in the Inter-Governmental segment as well as the thematic discussions, through a session organized by the Vulnerability and Adaptation Resource Group (VARG).

The statement should maintain the momentum built up at the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) and the WCDR, as well as remind Parties of the relevance of disaster reduction. It should specifically identify opportunities for linkages between the work carried out under the Convention and the measures put in place by Governments and partners to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

How does the consultation work?

Joining the consultation is easy:

  1. Please read the draft statement. If you would like more information please see background information on climate change adaptation provisions
  2. Provide your comments by email to The ISDR secretariat will post your views on this webpage.
  3. Return to this webpage any time during the week of Wednesday 9-16 November 2005 to view replies to your comments from other participants.

What type of comments would be helpful?

We welcome all your comments and would particularly appreciate your replies to the specific questions posed in the body of the draft text.

You are invited to focus on the following elements of the draft statement:

  1. Purpose and structure of the statement
  2. Assumptions
  3. Identification of processes to be targeted.

We would appreciate your advice on how to improve the ‘readability’ of the statement and reduce its length. For easy reference, please note that questions and paragraphs are numbered.

The draft statement will be further discussed with partners during the twelfth session of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction (IATF/DR-12), Geneva, 22-24 November 2005.

Participants invited to the discussion include members of the IATF/DR Working Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, VARG members and a number of selected governmental experts.

Thank you for your input. We look forward to your replies.