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Review of the week

In the second week of this course you have you have explored the role of international organisations in the development and implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies globally.

You began the week reviewing the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction in the 1990s, its focus and achievements as well as criticisms that were levelled at the approach taken. This period also lead to the development of many of the United Nations organisations that have been central to the development of DRR.

You also discussed how the first World Conferences on Natural Disaster Reduction in both Yokohama and Hyogo further learnt from progress reviews and further developed the global approach to DRR.

The most recent international agreements have worked to better integrate the issues of climate change and sustainable development with DRR and you have explored who these areas relate to each other. You have seen how the new agreements have begun to look at DRR differently with the incorporation of new language including the use of the term ‘resilience’ throughout the new documentation, despite a lack of clarity on the meaning of this.

You have also examined how these frameworks can be put into action by participating countries with a three phased approach to DRR development. You have also seen which sectors DRR should be integrated with and questioned how these approaches can work in conflict affected countries.

Finally you been given the opportunity to do a small investigation of your own to see how international agreements can help to reduce the risk of different people around the globe being affected by disasters.

Time to reflect

Now that you have come to the end of the second week, it is again useful to reflect on what you have learned.

  • What was good or useful this week in expanding your understanding of community resilience?

  • What questions arose for you?

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Disaster Risk Reduction: An Introduction

Coventry University