Sendai FrameworkWords Into Action

Words Into Action: Implementation guides for the Sendai Framework

  • RELEASED GUIDELINES

    National disaster risk assessment

    These guidelines are the result of the collaboration between over 100 leading experts from national authorities, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, think tanks and private-sector entities. They focus on Sendai Framework’s first Priority for Action: Understanding Disaster Risk, which is the basis for all measures on disaster risk reduction and is closely linked to the other three Priorities for Action.

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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction charts the global course over the next 15 years. During the consultations and negotiations that led to its finalization, strong calls were made to develop practical guidance to support implementation, ensure engagement and ownership of action by all stakeholders, and strengthen accountability in disaster risk reduction.

Paragraph 48 (c) of the Sendai Framework calls upon “the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), in particular, to support the implementation, follow-up and review of this framework through […] generating evidence-based and practical guidance for implementation in close collaboration with States, and through mobilization of experts; reinforcing a culture of prevention in relevant stakeholders […]”. In order to support the process, a number of targeted Sendai Framework implementation guides shall be developed.

These implementation guides build upon the experience of the development and use of the similar “Words into Action” guide created during the Hyogo Framework for Action decade, which ran from 2005 to 2015.

Mindful that the guides should support the Sendai Framework implementation, the “Words into Action” guides may focus on a specific topic, sector, or stakeholder group. For example, there is a demand for further guidance on: aligning and measuring targets and indicators; meeting the priorities for action; development of risk-informed plans and strategies; investment opportunities; areas for innovative action and implementation since HFA; working with relevant partners and stakeholders.