A statement by the the Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, introducing the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (A/67/335) and an update on international cooperation to reduce the impact of the El Niño phenomenon, in response to the General Assembly resolution 65/158.
She pointed at the need for significant and important investments in early warning and preparedness following hurricane Sandy and called and both the public and private sector to address what is in evidence, that disaster risk is increasing. Recalling the Rio+20 outcome, she highlighted the critical need to build resilient cities and communities to achieving sustainable development, called on countries to make investment-based decisions by establishing national disaster loss databases, and pleaded for risk on reduction to be a core element of the post-2015 development agenda.
She also reminded that an inclusive, open and comprehensive process to develop a post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework has begun, and advocated for stakeholders to take part in the series of milestone events, from the regional-level platforms to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Geneva from 19-23 May 2013, and the Third World Conference on Disaster Reduction to be hosted by the Government of Japan in 2015.
She then underlined the recommendations of the Secretary-General’s report for governments: (i) to conduct national-level multi-stakeholder consultations on risk management; (ii) to share progress on the implementation of the broader disaster risk reduction agenda; (iii) to engage in the consultation process for the development of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction; (iv) to establishing national disaster loss databases; (v) to ensure disaster risk reduction considerations are included into the post-2015 development agenda; and (vi) to strengthen the Strategy secretariat with the resources and support it needs.
In her conclusion, she acknowledged the critical support Member States have provided to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) as well as the large number of Member States reporting their progress in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action through the HFA Monitor.
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