About Sendai Spring

“The burden of implementing international frameworks falls on national partners. The fear is that we continue to split by sectors the limited resources rather than collaborating. I look forward to moving beyond rhetoric and bringing it to some action plans that are based on our practical skills.”
-Michael Jones, Resident Coordinator, UN Nepal at a Sendai Spring workshop in February 2016

Risks as perceived by communities at the ground level are multi-faceted and inter-linked, failing to fit neatly into sectoral boxes. This has meant that some of the key issues exacerbating vulnerability fall through the cracks. Recognition of these gaps has resonated at the global policy level and the post-2015 global frameworks have made concerted efforts to build in inter-linkages. Issues of underlying risks and cross-cutting problems feature more prominently. The work of Civil Society Organisations and local actors play a vital role in addressing these gaps and building community resilience.

Sendai Spring is an initiative by the Asian Disaster Response and Reduction Network (www.adrrn.net) and partners. It has been serving as a platform to break down global frameworks for local inter-linked action, helping catalyse change at the frontlines. VISIT SENDAI SPRING WEBSITE (www.sendaispring.net)


Awareness materials

Flyers and other campaign resources were produced in English with versions in all UN languages – Mandarin, Arabic, French and Spanish.

Promoting awareness of each framework is a critical priority. The booklet ‘Breaking down global frameworks for Resilience Action’ showcases the basics of the Sendai Framework, SDGs, Paris Agreement, World Humanitarian Summit and Habitat III in an easily understandable format.



National level consultations on resilience priorities

National level consultation workshops were held to deliberate on the way forward to implement the global frameworks and the role that CSOs can play in making them real. The events saw participation of varied civil society organisations – DRR, humanitarian climate change, development – as well as the private sector, academia, media and government representatives.

Looking at national priorities, barriers and action planning from a resilience lens has actually yielded some common visions. Over 300 local organisations were reached through workshop participants in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam. It’s been a starting point to spread ‘resilience’ thinking.


Road to Sendai was the predecessor of the Sendai Spring campaign. It amplified the voices, visions and critical needs of local communities in the runup to WCDRR. The emerging collective voice spurred the focus on inter-linked action.

VISIT ROAD TO SENDAI WEBSITE (www.roadtosendai.net)

Watch the overview at: https://bit.ly/29AIThC