This speech by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, titled 'Post- Haiyan – A Way Forward', acknowledges the importance and timeliness to understand and learn from the experiences of the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). In her speech, the SRSG asserts that this will be an important contribution to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held in Sendai, Japan on 14 -18 March 2015.
The SRSG's statement informs of the Open-ended Inter Governmental process preparing for the Sendai Conference and the regional platforms and ministerial meetings that have all served to establish the priorities and positions of the various regions towards a post-2015 framework. The SRSG further reported on progress to date, and outlined the next “Plan of Action”, asserting that it will require three mutually-supportive goals:
I. Preventing the creation of new risk by the adoption of risk-informed growth and development pathways
II. Reducing existing risk
III. Strengthen resilience by socio and economic measures that enable countries and people to absorb loss, minimize impact and recover.
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