Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) coordinates international efforts in disaster risk reduction, and guides, monitors and reports on the progress of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
The Sendai Framework is the third international framework on DRR since 1995. This framework
- Focuses more on local actions than in the past;
- Has a clear definition of risk which is inclusive of all natural, human-made and technological risk but excludes conflict related emergencies; and
- Focuses on preventing new risk as much as reducing existing risks.
Canada has been a signatory to all three of the global frameworks and as part of its commitments, supported the development of Canada’s Platform for DRR in 2009. Public Safety Canada is the lead federal department for the domestic implementation of the Sendai Framework.
Supporting Sendai is important for Canada because not only are disasters increasing but the cost to respond and recover is also escalating, impacting people, communities and responder capacities. Reducing risk, particularly through more mitigation and prevention actions has been proven more economical than the cost of response and rebuilding. Canada supports a whole-of-society approach to DRR that will increase the overall resilience of communities.
How is the Sendai Framework related to Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sendai Framework, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals all reference each other and Canada is working to coordinate its efforts in these three areas.
Disaster risk is increasing due to negative climate change impacts. Disasters also negatively impact development achievements and reduce economic growth. Successful domestic implementation and achievement of the Sendai Framework goals and targets will depend on contributions from across economic, social, and governance policy and program domains.
As a horizontal initiative, the Sendai Framework aligns with many of the Government of Canada’s identified outcome areas: effective DRR implementation would benefit from and contribute to a whole of government effort and create a safer and more resilient Canada. Specific reference to the importance of DRR as a means to adapting to climate change and achieving sustainable development is noted in the Sendai Framework principles (Paragraph 19 (h)) and as well as in the Priority Actions.
How will the Sendai Framework be measured?
The Sendai Framework includes seven targets to help make assessing global progress easier. These targets include:
- number of affected people
- economic loss
- damage to critical infrastructure
- disaster strategies
- early warning systems and risk information
- international cooperation.
The Sendai Framework will be reported on every two years by all countries. The successes and challenges of reducing risk are also discussed in regular meetings at national, regional and global levels. Sendai discussions for Canada take place:
- annually at Canada’s National Roundtable for DRR;
- bi-annually at the Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas; and
- bi-annually at the Global Platform for DRR
All of these are open to any stakeholder who wishes to participate.
For any further questions or inquiries please contact Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Secretariat.
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