Orientation on Sendai Framework Monitor and National DRR Strategies UNDRR and UNDP

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States

UNDRR and UNDP headquarters signed a Statement of Intent to cooperate in three priority areas of mutual interest, to accelerate the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience: Towards a Risk informed and Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for DRR, taking into consideration new opportunities to integrate DRR in planning and decision-making processes, introduced by the UN Development System reform. The agreed three priority areas are:

  1. Sendai Framework Monitor: Supporting national reporting on the implementation of the Sendai Framework including DRR-specific indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  2. Sendai Framework Target E and Coherent Agenda: Achieving Target E at country level and ensuring coherence with the climate change agenda and the SDGs; and
  3. Risk-informed Common Country Analysis and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework: Providing guidance and technical assistance to support risk-informed and sustainable development

At regional level, UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS), based in Cairo, and UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States, based in Amman, developed a joint work plan to implement the above three priority areas in the Arab region.

To kick-start the joint implementation, UNDRR ROAS and UNDP Regional Hub agreed to hold three orientation webinars starting September 2020, each running for two hours, to initiate the joint work with relevant UNDP Country Offices through their Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Focal Points (FPs) in the selected countries.

Webinar 1: Orientation on SFM and National DRR Strategy Development

Date: 1 September 2020

Time: 13:30 - 15:00 Amman Time / 12:30 - 14:00 Cairo Time / 11:30 - 13:00 Tunis Time

Target Audience:

DRM FPs of UNDP Country Offices in Algeria, Djibouti, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia.


Strong accountability is one of the cornerstones of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030. The Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) is a tool developed by UNDRR to help governments report on their progress in achieving the seven global targets of the SFDRR. To enable such reporting, a set of 38 indicators were agreed by an Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group to enable tracking progress in implementing the seven global targets as well as related dimensions reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 11 and 13.

The SFM also functions as a management tool to help countries develop disaster risk reduction strategies, make risk-informed policy decisions and allocate resources to prevent new disaster risks. The Sendai Framework Monitor can contribute to the Target E of the Sendai Framework related to development of actionable national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.

Target E calls for a substantial increase in the number of countries that adopt and implement national and local disaster risk reduction strategies that are aligned with the SFDRR by 2020. Both UNDRR and UNDP have been long engaged in supporting countries to develop and review their national DRR strategies. After the adoption of the SFDRR, UNDRR has developed a ‘Words Into Action (WIA) Guideline on the Development of National DRR Strategies’ and a ‘WIA Guideline for Implementing Local DRR and Resilience Strategies’ in partnership with UNDP and other UN agencies, along with a series of relevant WIAs.

Objective of Webinar 1:

The main objective of the first webinar is to provide an orientation to UNDP Country Offices’ DRM FPs in Algeria, Djibouti, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia on SFM and National DRR Strategies to enable the implementation of the joint UNDRR-UNDP support to the targeted countries.

Anticipated Outcome of Webinar 1:

UNDP Country Offices’ DRM FPs will have a good understanding of the SFM and National DRR Strategies to enable further direct coordination on support to be extended to the relevant governments as agreed in the joint work plan. This is a first step towards enhancing the skills and knowledge of UNDP Country Office colleagues who will benefit from further training opportunities. 

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