The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFA) recognises the increasing impact of disasters and their complexity in many parts of the world. Many recent disasters have exceeded the response capacities of individual nations, requiring coordinated global efforts. The SFA sets out best practice for disaster reduction at local, national and global scales.
The SFA clearly sets out the determination of the parties to enhance their efforts to strengthen disaster risk reduction and reduce losses of lives and assets worldwide. The parties have made a firm commitment to implement the new framework and use lessons learned to guide future efforts. The new framework will require an unceasing and tireless collective effort to make the world safer for present and future generations.
Critically, implementation of the SFA must halt the creation of risk via development. Poorly planned development only postpones disasters to some future point. The SFA must establish a precedent for investment-driven development that prioritises long-term risk reduction, and not business as usual.
This will require:
- The integration of DRR into sustainable development policies and planning
- The development and strengthening of institutions, mechanisms and capacities to build resilience to hazards
- The systematic incorporation of risk reduction approaches into implementation of emergency preparedness, response and recovery programmes
Practical Action is working with partners to make sure these internationally agreed goals stay on track.