This outcome statement of the European Ministers present at the European Ministerial Meeting in Milan, 8 July 2014, highlights with concern the increasing economic impact of disasters and climate change in Europe, and further confirms their commitment to play an active and constructive role in the ongoing negotiations of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, with a view to contributing to an ambitious outcome of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. It further asserts that despite the fact that much progress has been made in reducing mortality from disasters, much remains to be done.
It calls upon the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to continue providing its institutional support for regional and sub-regional coordination, monitoring of disaster risk reduction implementation, review of regional strategies, coordination of the work of the United Nations system in disaster risk reduction, risk modelling, disaster loss databases as well as to lead the review of terminology and support the implementation of the Post-2015 Framework. To this end, we support the United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/RES/68/211 paragraph 25) request to the Secretary-General to ensure adequate resources for UNISDR operations.
The statement notes the consultations on Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction conducted at local, national, sub-regional and regional level, and the conclusions of the Council of the European Union and adoption of the Communication from the European Commission on “The post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action: Managing risks to achieve resilience”. It acknowledges the substantial contributions of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, the continued efforts of European countries in its implementation.
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