In 2013, extreme events, such as typhoons Phailin and Haiyan, continued to demonstrate that communities and economies are highly vulnerable and exposed to disaster risk and loss.
This year was also about the thousands of people participating in-person and online in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Communities and community leaders were recognized for their critical role in strengthening resilience and ensuring the inclusiveness of disaster risk reduction work. The presence of many representatives of persons living with disability highlighted the unique contribution of a group that all too often is forgotten in disaster risk management.
2014 will be an important year. It is the opportunity for all who work on addressing the underlying causes and impacts of disasters to formulate what is needed from a post-2015 DRR framework. Thank you for your continued support and engagement.
A resilient future means everyone working together for a resilient planet.
The Hyogo Framework for Action, the current global DRR framework, will end in 2015. As the world welcomes in a new year, it is important to outline an approach and shape the discussions on a follow up international framework for disaster risk reduction and resilience to be considered at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan in March 2015.
All regions around the world will be organizing a regional platform for disaster risk reduction in 2014 to exchange experiences, showcase practical applications of DRR, and discuss the proposed elements of the post-2015 DRR framework as key consultations in preparation for the WCDRR.
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR. It's also a day to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities.