We coordinate international efforts in disaster risk reduction and guide, monitor and report regularly on the progress of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action. Arrangements are being put in place for a similar reporting process on implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
UNISDR organizes large gatherings like the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the biennial Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction with leaders and decision makers to advance risk reduction policies. UNISDR organizes seven Regional Platforms on a biennial basis. UNISDR also helps to organise and support the establishment of national coordination mechanisms like the National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction There is also a very large network of partners in the ISDR system (including Parliamentarians, Science and Technology, Private Sector, Local Authorities, Local Communities, Civil Society, Women, and Youth) which the Office also helps to coordinate. Such coordination includes, for example, developing guidance and policy papers; attending and contributing to global and regional platforms; taking part in national platform consultations; joint programming with other partners on key initiatives; facilitating contributions to PreventionWeb and the Global Assessment Reports which appear every two years.
UNISDR coordinates the UN system through the monitoring of the UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. We chair the UN's High Level Committee on Programming related to disaster risk reduction and regularly assist and engage with our UN partners in delivering risk reduction activities. UNISDR also works with UN Country Teams and supports DRR inputs into UN Development Assistance Frameworks.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted by UN Member States on 18 March 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The Sendai Framework thus became the first major agreement of the post-2015 global development agenda.
The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters provided a clear set of critical tasks to be undertaken at the national, regional and international levels to achieve a substantial reduction in disaster losses. It focused on five areas: ensuring that DRR is a national and local priority; identifying disaster risks and enhance early warning; promote use of knowledge, innovation and education; reducing underlying risk factors; and strengthening preparedness for effective response.
The UN General Assembly convened the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan to review the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action and adopt its post-2015 successor, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The biennial Global Platform, launched in 2007, is world's foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations. The sixth edition will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 17 May, 2019 under the theme Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies.
Regional platforms are multi-stakeholder forums that reflect the commitment of governments to improve coordination and implementation of disaster risk reduction activities while linking to international and national efforts.
National Platforms are nationally owned and led multi-stakeholder forums or committees working on disaster risk reduction. They reflect the commitment of a country’s government to implement national and local disaster risk reduction activities while linking with international efforts.
UNISDR works through the UN Development Group to make disaster risk reduction a priority for the UN system and its organizations, based on the UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience endorsed by the UN System Chief Executives' Board for Coordination.