Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015
Making development sustainable: The future of disaster risk management

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Part II
Since the declaration of the IDNDR in 1990 and in particular since the adoption of the HFA in 2005, the disaster risk management sector has grown exponentially in both size and salience.
It could be argued that the disaster risk management sector first became conscious of its own existence at the International Conference on Disaster Mitigation Program Implementation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in 1984 (Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1985

Virginia Polytechnic Institute. 1985,Proceedings of the International Conference on Disaster Mitigation Program Implementation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, November 12-16, 1984.. .
). Yet only 51 international participants attended that conference, indicating the small size of the incipient sector at that time. In contrast, the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Geneva in May 2013 attracted over 3,500 participants, including 172 government delegations, 240 nongovernmental organizations, 175 businesses, 30 parliamentarians from 26 countries as well as local government representatives, scientists and academics. Over thirty years, the size of the sector has increased by two orders of magnitude.
PreventionWeb, the United Nations-hosted global portal for disaster risk management information, now identifies 32,600 professionals involved in the disaster risk management sector, compared to 5,000 in 2006.1 This represents only a small proportion of those who actually work in the sector at the national or local level. According to PreventionWeb, in 2013 there were 1,127 conferences, seminars, workshops and other events that connected and integrated the sector, again reflecting only a small proportion of the events occurring on the national and local stage.
As the sector has grown, government self-assessments prepared using the HFA Monitor (UNISDR, 2011b

UNISDR. 2011b,Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters: Mid-Term Review 2010-2011, Geneva, Switzerland: UNISDR.. .
, 2013b, 2013c; UNISDR et al., 2009

UNISDR, The German Committee for Disaster Reduction and EUROPA Major Hazards Agreement. 2009,Implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action in Europe: Advances and Challenges, Report for the period 2007- 2009. Geneva.. .
) provide evidence of an enormous investment by governments in new legislative and instrumental systems, policies, budgetary allocations, information systems, early warning mechanisms, disaster preparedness, and to a lesser extent in corrective disaster risk management.
(Source: UNISDR, 2013a

UNISDR. 2013a,Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: From Shared Risk to Shared Value: the Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland: UNISDR.. .
Figure II.1 Progress in implementing the HFA (2007-2013)
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