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The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters has been the first plan to explain, describe and detail the work that is required from all different sectors and actors to reduce disaster losses. It was developed and agreed on with the many partners needed to reduce disaster risk – governments, international agencies, disaster experts and many others – bringing them into a common system of coordination. The HFA outlines five priorities for action, and offers guiding principles and practical means for achieving disaster resilience. Its goal was to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2015 by building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. This means reducing loss of lives and social, economic, and environmental assets when hazards strike.
The Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA II)
The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 has provided critical guidance to reduce disaster risk and strengthen cooperation across stakeholders at local, national, regional and global levels. However, its implementation has also highlighted gaps in the formulation of goals and priorities for actions. This has brought the need for a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (Hyogo Framework for Action II/HFA II) to update and reorder the strategic goals and priorities, give respective visibility to all levels, and to place emphasis on stakeholders and their role in advancing the priorities.
For more information about the development of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction click here.
IRDR has been integrally involved in the consultations towards the development of a post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework. ICSU, one of IRDR’s three Co-Sponsors, is acting as the Organizing Partner for the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group for the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). Additionally, IRDR also led the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group on behalf of ICSU at PrepCom1, 14-15 July 2014, and has been part of the Major Group discussions ever since. See key outcomes for Science and Technology Major Group at the PrepComI.
For the Science and Technology (S&T) Community Major Group (STMG) statement, read to the Prepcom I plenary session of Member States, click here. The Major Group also contributed to the technical sessions and workshops.
The non-paper on “How the science and technology community can be strengthened for implementation of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction,” to be submitted by the S&T Major Group at the 2nd PrepCom to member states and stakeholders provides a response to the call from member states and stakeholders for a better mobilisation of science to support disaster risk reduction. The non-paper is a proposal from the S&T community on how to take this forward.
Pre-Zero Draft: Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
On 8 August 2014, the two co-Chairs of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN WCDRR, Ambassadors Päivi Kairamo (Finland) and Thani Thongphakdi (Thailand) released the pre-zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
The pre-zero draft will serve as the basis for the open-ended informal consultative meetings, which the Co-chairs of the Bureau of the Preparatory Committee for the Third WCDRR, mandated by the first Preparatory Committee meeting held in Geneva on 14-15 July 2014, will carry out in September and October 2014. Based on such consultative meetings, the Co-Chairs will prepare a Zero-Draft for the second Preparatory Committee meeting, scheduled in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17-18 November 2014.
Read the pre-zero draft here.
IRDR Response to Pre-Zero Draft
The international science community represented within IRDR recently provided an independent collective response to the pre-zero draft of the post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
The text identifies three primary concerns articulated in the note according to the structure of the zero draft. Throughout we refer to the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reaction as the HFA II (Hyogo Framework for Action II).
Read the IRDR response to the pre-zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction here.
Zero Draft: Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
The co-Chairs of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction have released the zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. This document will serve as the basis for the negotiations at the second session of the Preparatory Committee, to be held in Geneva, from 17 to 18 November 2014.
The full text of the zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction is available at http://www.wcdrr.org/preparatory/post2015.
The Scientific and Technological Community Major Group is pleased to see that the value of scientific insights and information for reducing disaster risk and for building resilience – recognised in earlier country, national and regional platform and Major Group statements – is reflected in the Zero Draft.
This is why the STMG calls upon governments and other stakeholders – engaged in the development of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action, committed to seeking an agreement on Sustainable Development Goals and debating formats for Climate Change agreements – to enshrine, comprehensively, a commitment to improved science and technology support for the post-2015 agenda, where the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction can send a powerful early signal for the entire year. Key actors assembled in the STMG are, in turn, committed to respond to requests for critical analysis of, strengthened coordination between, and better knowledge transfer from the many networks, institutes and initiatives – international, regional, national and local, both established and emerging – that produce and teach the science of disaster risk reduction.
Read the full Plenary Statement Science and Technology Major Group.