The Stakeholder Consultation Meeting of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction starts today in Geneva and will last until tomorrow and the World Farmers’ Organisation is participating as Organising Partner of the Farmers’ Major Group.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 follows the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 and is the outcome of stakeholder consultation initiated in March 2012 and the intergovernmental negotiations from July 2014 to March 2015, supported by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) at the request of the UN General Assembly.
It provides four priorities for action (1 - Understanding disaster risk; 2 - Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk; 3 - Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience; 4 - Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction) and recognizes the role of stakeholder “as enablers in providing support to States, in accordance with national policies, laws and regulations, in the implementation of the present Framework at local, national, regional and global levels. Their commitment, goodwill, knowledge, experience and resources will be required”.
Disasters, further exacerbated by climate change, have severe impacts on the worlds’ efforts to eradicate poverty and build long-lasting peace and security for all as they cause thousands of deaths every year and gravely curtail economic growth. Farmers are the most affected in case of disasters and WFO is fully committed to the implementation of the Framework. During our General Assembly in 2017, a workshop has been organised on risk management, to analyse risk management strategies, takes stock of current policy measures, and analyses the exposure of the agricultural sector to risk. Furthermore, this year the WFO General Assembly will focus on climate change and workshops and panels will be organised on Disaster Risk Reduction and climate change as one of the drivers of disaster risk.