25 Jul 2018

WFO commitment in Disaster Risk Reduction

As organizing partner of the UN farmers’ major group, WFO has represented the farmers' constituency within the Sendai Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SSEM). The mechanism was created last February 2018 to strengthen the stakeholders’ engagement and partnership with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) for the implementation of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.  

Climate change, as stated in the Sendai Framework, is one of the main drivers of Disasters Risk. Farmers are at the frontline of extreme weather events that challenge their activities. They have to deal not only with extreme natural disasters events but also with climate change events (droughts, floods) which threaten their production and livelihoods causing negative effects on their incomes. This is why WFO stands ready to improve its engagement as Sendai Stakeholder, in the framework of the implementation of the Paris Agreement as well as the Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs in order to promote a comprehensive and holistic approach to the main challenges we are facing today (climate change, food security, disasters among others). WFO promotes the need to re-acknowledge the role farmers’ organisations in the recovery and management of disasters as well as food security in local communities. Farmers are already implementing solutions and best practices to adapt to and mitigate climate change as well as to face disasters and they need to be at the centre of decision-making processes. This approach is the one promoted by the Farmers’ driven climate change agenda recently adopted by the WFO General Assembly last May 2018.
The UNISDR was established by the UN General Assembly in 2000 to ensure the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction adopted in 1999. Furthermore, UNISDR supports the implementation, monitoring and review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which was adopted by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. The Sendai Framework is a 15-years voluntary, non-binding agreement that establishes a holistic and people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction.

UNISDR also leads the preparation and follow-up of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction established in 2006. The Global Platform has become the main global forum for disaster risk reduction and for the implementation of the Sendai Framework as well as to share experiences among the different stakeholders involved. The next Global Platform will be held in Geneva next 13-17 May 2019 under the theme Resilience Dividend: towards sustainable and inclusive societies and WFO will be actively engaged representing farmers both during the event and its preparations. In fact, WFO has been accepted to be part of the organising teams on the following sessions:

  • Achieving the SDGs through Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • Innovative DRR Investment modalities;
  • Disaster risk financing and insurance programs as solutions for addressing climate change.

WFO is also advocating to actively be involved in the next regional platforms for DRR that will take place in Africa and Europe next October-November 2018 that will report to the Global one in 2019.

Information and updates on the processes and events will be provided in due course.