Disaster Risk Management Standards and Accountability for Business and Citizens

Date & Time:
Thursday 23 May (11:15-12:45)

Room 4

Interpretation in 6 UN official Languages



Focal Point:
John Harding, UNISDR (harding@un.org)


Regulatory processes play an important role in an effective national and local system for disaster risk management. A well structured regulatory framework will allow authorities and businesses to access risk information and data and to use existing expertise and resources effectively. Standards, laws, directives, guidelines and voluntary codes are all examples of regulatory systems that can maximize the effectiveness of risk identification and reduction, as well as effective responses following disasters.

The Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction calls for the development of standards and indicators for measuring the effectiveness of disaster risk reduction by countries to guide public and private sector investments and improve quality and consistency in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

This Featured Event will provide an insight into how disaster risk management regulatory systems allow countries and business to most effectively reducing disaster risk. And while regulatory systems are often called for, examples have show that stringent regulations may not always be the most effective type of regulatory system.

Session objectives:

1. Share experience on the type of regulatory frameworks (laws, regulations, voluntary codes etc) that are best suited for different types of issues related to disaster risk management.

2. Take stoke of country experience on mechanisms that contribute to the overall coherence of a regulatory system and to the quality control across regulatory frameworks

Discussion Agenda and Structure:

The session will run as a facilitated High Level Expert Panel discussion. The panelists, representing standardization bodies, policy makers, legislators, business and auditors will provide concrete experiences by countries.

1. Experience in the application of ISO 31000
2. Role of auditors to improve disaster risk reduction among governments based on INTOSAI experience
3. Example of guidelines for auditing country disaster preparedness plans
4. Experience in applying ISO-standards to national and local regulations on risk-and vulnerability analyses and business contingency planning
5. Experience in apllying ISO Standards to risk management in the private sector

Subject's link to post-2015:

The discussion will be anchored around the need to promote well balanced regulatory frames based on sound knowledge and practice for all stakeholders in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2) and measures required to achieve this.

Other Information:

- Risk Management in Regulatory Framework – Towards a better management of risk (UNECE, 2012)
- Audit of disaster preparedness: Guidance for Supreme Audit Institutions. (INTOSAI, 2012)
- Risk management -- Principles and guidelines (ISO 31000:2009)
- Risk and Regulatory Policy: Improving the Governance of Risk (OECD, 2010)

Expected Outcomes

- Identified practical steps for authorities and private sector to establish effective regulatory framework to address disaster risk

- Better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in developing, implementing and further improving relevant regulatory frameworks.

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