Accelerating Efforts in Building Community Resilience to Disasters

25 May 2017
11:15 - 12:45
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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
Ms. Christel Rose (
Participation: Public
Accessible: Yes
Primary floor language: English
Interpretation: Yes [FR, ES]
ISL Interpretation: Yes
Live Broadcast: No
Remote Participation: Yes

Disasters impacts are exacerbated by climate change and recurring small scale and slow onset disasters that particularly affect communities and households. While communities are at the forefront of disasters, they also offer opportunities to build coherence and integration of global agendas at the local level. A new model of interaction between community, and local and national governments is also required to contribute to inclusive decision-making processes to reduce disaster risk and vulnerability and to strengthen resilience at the community level.

The working session will aim to identify key elements and devise a set of recommendations to build capacity in disaster risk reduction and strengthen resilience at the community level. The session will also share good practices and success stories of integration of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development at the community level.

The discussions will define the key components of a community resilience framework that fosters an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction and community resilience and supports disaster risk reduction governance through enhanced interactions between community, local and national levels in support of the Target (e) of the Sendai Framework. The discussions will also explore opportunities to access financial resources to build long-term community resilience to disasters.

  • Statement IFRC

    DOCX, 204.29 KB   |   Speaker: Mr. ElHadj As Sy, Secretary General, IFRC
  • Statement - Costa Rica

    DOCX, 33.52 KB   |   Speaker: Ivan Brenes Reyes, Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias de Costa Rica


Accelerating Efforts in Building Community Resilience to Disasters