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DRMKC contribution to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Source(s):  Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC)

By Neil McCormick

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which is organized every two years by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), serves as a critical component of the monitoring and implementation process of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030.

The sixth session of the Global Platform for DRR (GP2019), which will take place on 13-17 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, represents the next important opportunity for the international community to boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework-related goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. It is also the last global gathering for all stakeholders before the deadline for achieving one of the Sendai Framework’s seven global targets, namely: “Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies by 2020”.

Immediately prior to GP2019, the Science and Policy Forum for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework, co-organized by the UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG), the International Science Council (ISC), and Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), will be held as a preparatory event on the latest developments and trends in DRR at the interface of science and policy.

One of the key objectives of the Forum is to identify the main knowledge gaps and opportunities to strengthen the contributions of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary science-base to delivering the Sendai Framework, including through the operationalization of the 2016 “Science and Technology Roadmap” that was developed by the UNISDR STAG (including the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre), which sets out the expected outcomes, actions, and deliverables under each of the four priority of actions of the Sendai Framework.

As the Knowledge Centre of the European Commission that addresses the Science-Policy interface in the field of managing disaster risk - both natural and man-made - across the Commission, EU Member States and beyond, the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) manages scientific knowledge across policy areas, disciplines and national borders. Keen to share European science, knowledge and expertise with the global community, the DRMKC included several of the UNISDR Science and Technology Roadmap actions in its own work programme, and has delivered important contributions during the past three years:

  • Through its 2017 and (currently under preparation) 2020 Reports in the flagship series “Science for Disaster Risk Management”, including contributions from 200+ authors, the DRMKC strongly supports one of the expected outcomes specified in the roadmap, namely: “Assess and update the current state of data, scientific and local and indigenous knowledge and technical expertise availability on disaster risks reduction and fill the gaps with new knowledge”.
  • Through its initiatives such as the DRMKC Support Services, DRM “training weeks”, the DRMKC Risk Data Hub, and the DRMKC Project Explorer, the DRMKC underpins another of the roadmap’s expected outcomes, namely: “Build capacity to ensure that all sectors and countries have access to, understand and can use scientific information for better informed decision-making”.
  • Through its activities, such as the Annual Seminars, opportunities for collaboration through its new reccommendations on “national risk assessments“, and numerous workshops, aimed at breaking silos and bridging gaps between scientific, policy and practitioner communities, the DRMKC directly addresses another of the roadmap’s expected outcomes, namely: “Support a stronger involvement and use of science to inform policy- and decision-making within and across all sectors at all levels.

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  • Publication date 18 Apr 2019

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