Former Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - Functions and responsibilities - Membership - Working groups - Discussion groups -Meeting records

 12th meeting
 22-24 November 2005
 11th meeting
 24-26 May 2005
 10th meeting
 7-8 October 2004
 9th meeting
 4-5 May 2004
 8th meeting
 5-6 November 2003
 7th meeting
 10-11 April 2003
 6th meeting
 24-25 October 2002
 5th meeting
 25-26 April 2002
 4th meeting
 15-16 November 2001
 3rd meeting
 3-4 May 2001
 2nd meeting
 10-11 October 2000
 1st meeting
 27-28 April 2000

10th meeting 7-8 October 2004

Room XII
Palais des Nations,
List of participants
Thursday 7 October 2004
Morning meeting 10:00-13:00, Task Force members only
1 Designation of Chair for the meeting and adoption of the Agenda.
2 Introduction to session (5 minutes), Sálvano Briceño, ISDR Director, and colleagues

The main objective of the closed session is to discuss the future modalities and role of the Task Force and the secretariat, and in particular in the follow-up to the World Conference on Disaster Reduction and modalities for further enhancement of the ISDR.

In general, where is the Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction making a difference? Are its modalities adequate?

Open discussion on improving the IATF - responding to priority needs in regards to its role on policy coordination and guidance, dissemination of results, status within the UN, membership, the role of observers, and relationship to the ISDR secretariat and regional inter-agency needs. Comments from within IATF member organizations in relation to the implementation of ISDR and the role of the ISDR and IATF in strengthening their own work on disaster risk reduction.


Future role of IATF members and the IATF as an active body in support of the implementation of programme of action expected from WCDR.

Discussion and recommendations based on the section Implementation and Follow-up arrangements in the draft Elements for a Programme of Action 2005-2015, particularly in support of national target setting and implementation. Members are encouraged to discuss internally within their organizations in advance.


Presentation on current status of a study on institutional arrangements in the UN for disaster risk management. Discussions on strengthening UN mechanisms including the consolidation and enhancing of the status and functions of the Inter-Agency Secretariat of the ISDR in the light of the World conference on Disaster Reduction.

A briefing note will be made available in advance. The discussion is to provide feedback to further develop this study for the consideration of the Senior Management Group of the UN, chaired by the Secretary-General and further discussion with IATF members and members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on humanitarian affairs.

Looking to the Future: Practical Steps to Strengthen the United Nations Relevance and Value-Added in Disaster Risk Management
A Report Prepared At The Request Of The International Strategy For Disaster Reduction, The United Nations Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs And The United Nations Development Programme
Randolph Kent
December 2004

Afternoon meeting 15h00-18h00, members and observers
14h30 – 15h00 Coffee available
15h00 - 15h15 Item1
Welcome remarks by the Chair, Mr. Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and adoption of the agenda. (designation of co-chair)
15h15 – 17h15 Item 2
Panel: How far can the World Conference on Disaster Reduction go in advancing the implementation of disaster risk reduction?

The Chair will introduce the panel and provide an update on current expectations and challenges in the process of preparation for the WCDR

The panelists are drawn from the lead-agencies of the thematic clusters

Summary of national information on the current status of disaster reduction, as background for the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (Kobe-Hyogo, Japan 18-22 January 2005)
  Compilation of the Outcomes of the Regional and
Thematic Meetings for the Preparation of the
World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR)
18-22 January 2005, Kobe-Hyogo, Japan

  1. Governance: institutional and policy frameworks for risk reduction (UNDP, UN-Habitat, ProVention Consortium, UNV)
  2. Risk identification, assessment, monitoring and early warning (WMO, UNU, EC/JRC)
  3. Knowledge management and education: building a culture of resilient communities (UNESCO, UNICEF, IFRC)
  4. Reducing the underlying risk factors (UNEP, WHO, UNCRD)
  5. Preparedness for effective response (OCHA, WFP)
  6. Regional scope- purpose and scope of regional sessions at WCDR (SOPAC)

Each panelist to introduce (in 5 minutes) the “burning issues” and scope of the discussion paper for thematic clusters. Comments by members and observers.

Panel discussion with particular focus on:

  • potential overlaps or gaps in thematic sessions and their discussion papers
  • implementation options within each cluster in support of the Programme of Action 2005-2015, and
  • any other suggestion to improve the preparation of the thematic clusters in support of the inter-governmental segment and WCDR outcomes.

Summary and brief comments by John Horekens, Conference Coordinator.

17h15 Delivery of the UN-Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction and certificates.


Friday 8 October 2004
Morning meeting 10h00-13h00 Members and observers
09h30 – 10h00 Coffee available

Item 3
Advancement of the Strategy

  1. Report on ISDR activities and key issues (with reference to Information Note) Sálvano Briceño, ISDR Director (10 minutes)
  2. Comments from IATF members on their advances in disaster reduction, with recommendations for future priorities (35 minutes)

Task Force members are encouraged to share information on current and new developments to advance disaster reduction within their organizations and to comment on the work of the secretariat


Item 4
Reports by IATF Working Groups

  1. Working Group 3 on Risk, Vulnerability and Impact Assessment: Results and follow-up arrangements for the sub-groups (risk indexing and indicators; data-collection; urban risk assessment tools). Definition of needs for new working groups UNDP, UN-Habitat

    Annex: Madrid Working Meeting
11h30-12h15 Item 4 (continuation):
  1. Working Group on Africa and report on recent policy developments. AU and NEPAD Secretariats

    NEPAD - Decision and Declarations
  2. Working Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: terms of reference and recent developments. WMO, UNDP

Summary of discussions

12h15-12h45 Item 5
Any other business
12h45-13h00 Item 6
Date of the eleventh session and concluding remarks from the Chair

Afternoon meetings 15h00-18h00

Meetings may be organized by Working Group coordinators as well as informal discussions in preparation for the Second session of the Preparatory Committee for WCDR. These will be announced as they become known to the secretariat. The Working Group on the WCDR, and the Working Group on Africa met in the afternoon.

For information:

The second session of the Preparatory Committee for WCDR will be convened on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October at Room XIX, Palais des Nations.

More information will be distributed separately and available on

On Wed 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Reduction will be celebrated worldwide. The ISDR secretariat and partners will organize a series of activities during that week around the theme: “Learning from today’s disasters for tomorrow’s hazards” focusing on education and awareness-raising activities.


Additional documents
List of documents
  The Secretary-General report- 59/228