The first anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
Today (March 18, 2016) the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) is celebrating its first birthday. The Sendai Framework was the first 2030 development agreement adopted by governments at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Sendai, Japan. Its purpose is to substantially reduce “disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental ass. ets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.
In the 12 months since the Sendai Framework was adopted, 100 million people have suffered the impact of a drought, a flood, a storm, an earthquake, a heat wave or some other natural hazard. Many have lost their homes and livelihoods. Over 20,000 lost their lives during this period. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is intensifying its push to encourage governments and disaster risk managers to shift from responding to disasters to reducing the risk of disasters through more investments in prevention and mitigation policies. The push includes a new social media campaign entitled #switch2sendai.