Announcements

Co-Chairs' zero draft released

20 October 2014 - The co-Chairs of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction released the zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. This document will serve as the basis for the negotiations at the second session of the Preparatory Committee, to be held in Geneva, from 17 to 18 November 2014.

The full text of the zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction is available here.  

World Conference: Opportunities to engage

10 October 2014 -  With only six months to go until the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opens on 14 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, there are multiple ways to engage. Do not miss these opportunities.

 Co-Chairs' pre-zero draft released

8 August 2014 - The co-Chairs of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Ambassadors Päivi Kairamo (Finland) and Thani Thongphakdi (Thailand) released the pre-zero draft of the pre-zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. The pre-zero draft will be translated into the six United Nations languages and will be available by the first week of September 2014.

The co-Chairs wish to advise (refer to Letter from the co-Chairs) that the pre-zero draft serves as the basis for the open-ended informal consultative meetings in September and October 2014.

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  • Letter from the co-Chairs AR | CH | EN | ES | FR | RU
  • Schedule of open-ended informal consultative meetings AR | CH | EN | ES | FR | RU

Nominations now open for the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction

23 June 2014 - Nominations for the 2015 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction are now open for individuals or groups of people providing extraordinary leadership in creating a safe, healthy, wealthy and resilient future for the planet.

Under the 2015 theme “Shaping the Future,” an independent jury of experts will award the candidate demonstrating an ability to act ahead, who is comfortable with tackling uncertainty and is skilled at managing resources and listening to new voices – all directed towards reducing risk.

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2014. The winner will be announced on 17 March 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The awardee will receive a prize of US$50,000.

Nominate now

For more information, visit http://www.wcdrr.org/sasakawa

Registration of Speakers and submission of statements for the first PrepCom now open

19 June 2014 - Member States and observers wishing to speak in plenary sessions of the first PrepCom shall communicate their names and submit their statements as early as possible.

For more information, visit http://www.wcdrr.org/preparatory/prepcom1/statements.

Preparations for first PrepCom of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

17 June 2014 - The first Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14-15 July 2014 in Geneva at the Palais de Nations, where it will begin to develop the future framework for disaster risk reduction. An advanced copy of a note by the secretariat, “Suggested elements for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction” is now available to support this process.

This note and other official documents for the first PrepCom are also available on the World Conference website at http://www.wcdrr.org/preparatory/prepcom1.

Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: Government announcements and stakeholder voluntary commitments

15 May 2014 - We welcome registrations of Government announcements and stakeholder voluntary commitments to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action as well as support the development of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

Government announcements and special initiatives include both national and local governments, and parliamentarians, and complement the official government statements made at the Open-ended Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee meetings and the WCDRR.

Voluntary commitments from other stakeholders can be made by all other disaster risk reduction actors such as private sector, NGOs, local communities, science organizations, etc.

Please click on the below link to register a Government announcement or a stakeholder voluntary commitment:

http://www.wcdrr.org/preparatory/commitments

Registration and accreditation now open

23 April 2014 - Registration and accreditation for participation in the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 and its Preparatory Committee meetings is now open.

UNSG hails Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015

16 April 2014, New York - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks to the High-level Briefing to Member States on the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015: Way forward

On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to hold the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, outlining the modalities for the preparations of the 3rd World Conference.

This Second Announcement summarizes the expected outcomes at the 3rd World Conference per Assembly resolution A/RES/68/211, reviews steps to be taken towards the World Conference, and provides updates on activities towards the development of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction and United Nations System engagement in the future framework, advocacy and media activities, budget and resources, and tips for planning participants’ attendance.

UN sets the stage for adoption of a new global agreement on disaster risk in 2015

12 December 2013, Geneva – The United Nations General Assembly has set the stage for a new global agreement on reducing the impact of disasters by confirming that the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Sendai City, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.

The main item on the Conference agenda is agreement on a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action which was adopted at the last such Conference in 2005 within weeks of the Indian Ocean tsunami and which was attended by representatives from 168 UN Member States. Over 8,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 event including heads of State, government ministers, parliamentarians, academics, NGO and other civil society representatives.

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström said: “The 3rd World Conference provides us with a rare opportunity to forge universal agreement on how to build disaster resilience across all sectors of society. It is particularly important that we have a strong urban focus as we expect 75% of the world’s population to be living in towns and cities by 2050.”

Sendai City is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region with a population of one million people. In March 2011, it was one of the cities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which killed over 15,000 people and is one of the costliest disasters in history.

Ms. Emiko Okuyama, the Mayor of Sendai City, today unveiled the Conference logo. She said: “This logo was designed by a local designer and represents people joining hands to create a chain of action. The five colours stand for the five priorities of Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters which brought the concept of resilience into the mainstream of development thinking. We look forward to hosting the Conference and to welcoming the world to the Tohoku region which has made a strong recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.”

Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015: save the date

20 August 2013 - Subject to an anticipated decision of the UN General Assembly later in 2013, the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) is to take place in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, from 14 to 18 March 2015 (five days inclusive).

Hosted by the Government of Japan in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), as secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the WCDRR will review the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action and is expected to adopt a successor framework for disaster risk reduction.

The post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will build on the knowledge and practice developed through the implementation of the International Framework for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction of 1989, the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action of 1994, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction of 1999 and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 66/199, UNISDR will continue to ensure extensive and inclusive multi-stakeholder consultations for a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.