The World Conference
A Milestone in Disaster Risk Reduction
Requested by the UN General Assembly, UNISDR serves as the coordinating body for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).
The Conference took place in Sendai, Japan on 14-18 March 2015.
The United Nations General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/67/209) decided to hold the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 in Japan, welcoming the offer of Japan to host it.
At the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2013, the Government of Japan announced it would host the World Conference in Sendai. The proposed dates were 14-18 March 2015.
The World Conference drew 6,500 participants to its formal portion, while the related Public Forum attracted 50,000 local residents and visitors from around the globe who seized the opportunity to engage with an array of players from the disaster risk reduction sector.
UNISDR was the coordinating body for the WCDRR
In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework on disaster risk reduction (A/RES/66/199). In 2012, the Assembly decided to convene the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to review implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action and to adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. The Assembly also requested UNISDR to serve as secretariat of the World Conference and to coordinate the preparatory activities in consultation with all relevant stakeholders (A/RES/67/209).
The United Nations work to reduce disaster risk is built on the knowledge and experience of countries and other stakeholders over the past several decades. Milestones include the 1990s being declared the international decade for natural disaster reduction (A/RES/42/169), the adoption of the International Framework for Action for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (A/RES/44/236), the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World adopted by the 1st World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction, the endorsement of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (A/RES/54/219), and the adoption of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) at the 2nd World Conference on Disaster Reduction.