World Conference On Disaster Risk Reduction Adopts 15-Year Framework; Some Dismayed By Lack Of Funding Details For Poorer Nations

IRIN: What you need to know about DRR
“…The World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction agreed [to] a framework for the next 15 years that outlines seven global targets, including a ‘substantial reduction in global disaster mortality, a substantial reduction in numbers of affected people, and a reduction in economic losses in relation to global [Gross Domestic Product].’ It however avoided numerical targets and lacks the concrete financial commitments that activists had hoped for…” (Anyadike, 3/18).

Reuters: New global disaster plan sets targets to curb risk, losses
“Governments set targets to substantially reduce deaths and economic losses from disasters at a U.N. conference in Japan on Wednesday, but critics were disappointed by the lack of a firm goal to ramp up financial support for poor countries. The non-binding agreement adopted after a marathon negotiating session, includes seven targets to measure progress on protecting people and assets that experts described as a leap forward…” (Rowling, 3/18).

U.N. News Centre: Sendai: U.N. conference adopts new, people-centered disaster risk reduction strategy
“…Adopting the Sendai Declaration and Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 after days of discussions and a final 30-hour negotiating session, 187 U.N. Member States attending the conference approved seven targets, four priorities, and a set of guiding principles, underscoring that substantial reduction of disaster risk requires perseverance and persistence, ‘with a more explicit focus on people and their health and livelihoods, and regular follow up’…” (3/18).

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