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2015: a significant year

2015 was a significant year as parallel but interacting United Nations processes took place:

  • The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in March, the publication of the Global Assessment Report (UNISDR 2015) and the agreement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
  • UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in September defining The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) representing the latest global targets for poverty reduction, sustainable development and peace.
  • 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its output, the Paris Agreement in December.

These processes were also expanded the following year when the World Humanitarian Summit occurred with its output, the Agenda for Humanity.

While the timings allowed feedforward between DRR, development and climate frameworks, they still remained separate despite addressing common themes and using approaches (Kelman et al. 2015).

UNDRR publications (2015a; 2015b) sought to emphasise the coherence and mutual reinforcement between the Sendai framework and the international agreements for development and climate action and identify common goals (UNDRR n.d.).

Taken individually, none of the frameworks engages with the full spectrum of shocks, stresses, disturbances and risk drivers that might affect a system. Taken together, they better reflect the range of risks that a country might face.

(Peters et al. 2016)


UNDRR (n.d.) Integrated monitoring of the global targets of the Sendai Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals [online] available from https://www.preventionweb.net/sendai-framework/sendai-framework-monitor/common-indicators [17 December 2019]

Kelman, I. (2015) ‘Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 6 (2), 117-127

UNDRR (2015a) Coherence and mutual reinforcement between the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and international agreements for development and climate action [online] available from https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/45001 [17 December 2019]

UNDRR (2015b) Disaster risk reduction and resilience in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development [online] available from https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/46052 [17 December 2019]

UNISDR (2015) Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. [online] available from https://www.preventionweb.net/english/hyogo/gar/2015/en/home/ [20 December 2019]

Peters, K., Langston, L., Tanner, T., and Bahadur, A. (2016) ‘Resilience’ across the post-2015 frameworks: towards coherence? [online] available from https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/11085.pdf [20 December 2019]

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