The Sendai Framework in action
The interactions between climate change trends, ecosystem fragility, disease outbreaks, rapid unplanned urbanization, mass displacement and geopolitical instability, fuelled by the interconnectivity of communications, trade, financial systems and politics, mean that shocks, stresses, and crises reverberate globally.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded the world what the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is all about: risk is systemic, interconnected and cascading. Climate change is driving increased risk across all countries, and unpredictable hazards can have devastating cascading impacts on all sectors, with long-lasting, debilitating socio-economic and environmental consequences.
As UN Member States move forward with Agenda 2030, more focused, accelerated action is required to help countries identify and analyse the broad range of risks they face, put in place appropriate measures to mitigate existing risks and to prevent the creation of new risks.
Reducing existing risk, preventing the creation of new risk and building resilience take a whole-of-society approach. And they all take committed leadership and governance.
Findings from the recent 6th IPCC Assessment Report point to an urgent need to accelerate action to avert climate related disaster risks, through fast-tracked implementation of the Sendai Framework.
Priority 4 of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction highlights the need to “link … relief, rehabilitation and development, [and to] use opportunities during the recovery phase to develop capacities that reduce disaster risk in the short, medium and long term.”
Disasters do discriminate. They tend to disproportionately affect the most vulnerable, especially the poorest
. This is why the Sendai Framework calls for an all-of-society engagement and partnership.
As many least developed countries (LDCs) face an increasingly complex risk landscape, the impacts of disasters continue to undermine hard-won progress towards sustainable development.
Investing in disaster risk reduction is a precondition for effective disaster risk governance that is prepared to tackle the systemic nature of risk. Governments need to invest in and prioritize prevention and resilience. As the reality of climate impacts hit, we need to assure to decrease losses.
Disasters are not natural. What turns a hazard into a disaster is the consequence of human decisions: where and how we build, how we access and share resources, how we protect and restore healthy ecosystems.
People-centered early-warning systems can help minimize the harm to people, assets, and livelihoods by triggering early action that is well-prepared and tested.
The Words into Action series provides practical guidance to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, ensure engagement and ownership of action by all stakeholders, and strengthen accountability in disaster risk reduction.