7 Recommendations for the next global agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction

By June 11, 2013Blog, NewsBites

“Does the current architecture and organisational mix really help to eliminate the ‘silent’ disasters and the everyday risks that now form a major part of how we understand disaster impacts?” Tom Mitchell, Head of Climate Change at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) insists on the need for a different approach committed to making disaster risk reduction a central component of poverty reduction efforts. In an article today, he makes 7 recommendations for the next Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the global agreement on reducing disaster risk, which, like the Millennium Development Goals, is due for renewal in 2015:

1. Ensure ‘tacking vulnerability and its causes’ is the dominant message.

2. Improve accountability – embedding clear targets for reducing disaster losses, and signalling better data collection and analysis.

3. Run until 2030, ensuring that the pattern of disaster risk in 2030 and beyond is a key signal for the level of ambition required.

4. Bury the humanitarian-development divide.

5. Foster private sector leadership, but don’t treat it as a panacea or a substitute.

6. Not make complex, expensive ‘risk assessments’ a barrier to action.

7. Encourage upstream investment, including by making disaster risk management a feature of development cooperation and national public expenditure.

For the expanded points, read the entire article here.

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