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Positioned for action: Displacement in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Source(s):  Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

This briefing paper provides policy-makers, agencies, civil society and other stakeholders with a summary of how displacement is positioned in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) as a critical issue for reducing disaster risk. It provides analysis of the global indicator framework and updated DRR terminology endorsed by the General Assembly as key tools for measuring global progress.

It also aims to clarify the terms “displaced”, “evacuated” and “relocated” in relation to the SFDRR’s priorities for action, targets and indicators, as governments have signaled is needed. Finally, it looks forward to the Global Platform as a first opportunity for the international community to review progress since the SFDRR’s adoption.

Key messages include the following: 

  • The SFDRR provides multiple hooks for policy and action to address displacement as a major human consequence and driver of disaster risk; 
  • Integrating displacement in DRR policy and measures will promote policy coherence across multiple ministries or agency mandates and other global agendas where disaster-related displacement is also recognized as a key challenge, including the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Agenda for Humanity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; 
  • Disaster displacement is a reality for most of the governments who have adopted the SFDRR. The systematic collection, management and access to good quality displacement data is needed to translate commitments into action; 
  • The inclusion of displacement in national DRR indicators and disaster loss databases is needed for evidence-based policy that gives priority to reaching people who are vulnerable and at risk of being left behind. 



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  • Positioned for action: Displacement in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Publication date 2017
  • Author(s) Michelle Yonetani
  • Number of pages 10 p.

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