The purpose of this paper is to offer a reading of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the new global instrument to manage disaster risk, adopted by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 20151. The consultations and negotiations were very rich and the final text, expected to be “concise”, was not necessarily suited to explicitly contain all the details, explanations and rationales. While not an exhaustive reading and interpretation, this reading aims at “unpacking” some aspects and stimulating further reflections to support, and be considered, in the work ahead.
Indeed, the implementation of the Sendai Framework will require the adoption of policies, strategies and plans and the further review and development of normative instruments at local, national, regional and global levels as well as quality standards and practical guidelines. The latter will include the “Words into Action”, guidance material developed by practitioners, with the support of UNISDR, on specific areas and issues. In addition, the Sendai Framework provides ideas for questions to be placed on the agendas of local, national, regional and global meetings.
This paper addresses the characteristics of the Sendai Framework in sections 2 and 3. Sections 4 and 5 are dedicated to the question of accountability and focus areas for the further development of normative instruments at national level which received particular attention during the negotiations. Section 6 focuses on key aspects concerning the transition in implementation from the Hyogo Framework to the Sendai Framework.