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Priorities for the new international agreement on reducing disaster risk

Time (GMT +01) 09:30 11:00


Sam Bickersteth, CDKN


Tom Mitchell, ODI

Steve Barnes, UK Civil Contingencies Secretariat and UK lead on HFA2

Mihir Bhatt, Director, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute

Shamika Sirimanne, Director, ICT and DRR, UNESCAP

The Guide will be available on the ODI and CDKN websites shortly, and in print form at this ODI event and at the Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR.


CDKN and ODI are pleased to launch The Future Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Guide for Decision Makers. This is part of our event series on Rethinking International Policy for Reducing Disaster Risk which examines some of the thorny issues involved in renegotiating the Hyogo Framework for Action.

2015 is a crucial year for promoting efforts to reduce disaster risk.  Not only is it likely that we will see a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), we are also likely to see new Sustainable Development Goals, as well as a new Climate Change Agreement. This represents a unique alignment of major international policy frameworks, and an unparalleled opportunity to make inroads into reducing disaster risk globally, regionally and nationally.

Key to this is the growing realization over the decade of the HFA that risk and development are inextricably linked.  We cannot extract the creation, avoidance or reduction of disaster risk from development processes or those associated with economic growth. Risk management has to be enshrined as part of development and only then, can development progress be adequately protected and disasters risks minimized.

This guide to the future framework for DRR, jointly produced by CDKN and ODI, is intended to aid decision makers by highlighting what should be covered by a new agreement. It is particularly aimed at those in government responsible for contributing to the new agreement. The guide is organized into a set of modules, each representing important aspects of the successor to the existing HFA, and presents evidence in the form of infographics and summary messages.