The eight-day High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development concluded yesterday
By Jeanette Elsworth
NEW YORK, 19 July 2018 – The Sendai Framework Monitor received a ringing endorsement at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) for Sustainable Development which concluded this week.
The online tool, launched in March by UNISDR, benchmarks progress on reducing disaster losses and meeting the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan adopted in 2015 by UN Member States.
In a statement to the HLPF, the 31 Member States comprising the Group of Friends for Disaster Risk Reduction, described it as: “An invaluable early-warning tool to detect whether development programs and economic strategies are being implemented in a risk-informed manner.
“We encourage countries to embrace this tool, and use the Sendai Framework Monitor to incorporate disaster risk reduction in their Voluntary National Reviews.”
The Sendai Framework Monitor contributed to the 46 national reviews submitted to the HLPF, as the 38 indicators for measuring progress on implementing the Sendai Framework’s seven targets also double as indicators measuring progress on key SDGs notably SDG1, eradicating poverty, SDG11, sustainable cities and communities, and SDG13, climate action.
The statement was delivered by Ambassador Francisco Tenya, the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN from Peru which co-chairs the Group of Friends along with Australia, Indonesia and Norway.
Ambassador Tenya also urged all countries to prioritize the achievement of Sendai Framework target (e) which seeks to substantially increase the number of counties with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020, and to focus on raising money on disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.
“The next step would be to turn strategies into action; and innovative solutions are needed to finance disaster risk reduction.”.
In his report on Progress towards the SDGs, the Secretary-General, António Guterres stated that ending poverty requires social protection systems and “targeted measures to reduce vulnerability to disasters.”
In his closing statement yesterday to the eight-day HPLF, the Secretary-General recognized again the importance of resilience to achievement of the Global Goals.
“For the first time in a decade, the number of people who are undernourished has increased, mainly due to conflict, drought and disasters linked to climate change. Gender inequality continues to hold women back and deprive them of basic rights and opportunities. And investment in critical sustainable infrastructure remains entirely inadequate,” he said.
Mr. Guterres concluded: “Let us demonstrate through decisive actions that the transformation demanded by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is well and truly underway. “
Membership of the Group of Friends of Disaster Risk Reduction (GoFoDRR) is comprised of: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nauru, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and Thailand.