Disaster risk reduction post-2015: how will international institutions deliver? (WP1339)

Organised by Wilton Park and supported by the Swiss and Japanese governments, who hold the respective roles as Host of the Preparatory Committees and Host of the World Conference on the Hyogo Framework. However, this meeting does not form part of the official preparatory meetings.

This conference examined the international infrastructure for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the light of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the forthcoming Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015.

In March 2015 the international community will gather in Japan for the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to decide on a future framework for DRR. Building on the current Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities (HFA), its successor will guide global, regional and national efforts for DRR well into the future.

The original framework achieved much in focusing the international community’s attention on the risks facing countries and communities vulnerable and exposed to disasters, as well as helping to build their resilience. The mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction throughout development has steadily increased, and many countries have made great strides, supported in many cases by the HFA. Much more needs to be done to ensure all countries prioritise risk reduction amongst the other commitments they have.

Many international organisations are now committed to implementing DRR. Given the scale of the challenge, the overall limited resources and the likely demands placed on the international community from the successor to the HFA, there is need to review how the multilateral system in particular promotes, supports and implements DRR. There is a need to better harmonise activities across the board, in terms of coordination, advocacy and implementation, at global, regional and local levels.

Central to this is the architecture of the multilateral system. How should the international landscape around DRR look beyond 2015? How can the current architecture of international institutions be improved to best operationalise the HFA2? Are the right institutions doing the right things? How can that institutional architecture be ‘fit for purpose’ for implementation of DRR? How can the activities of all institutions that are working within the multilateral system be better harmonised? How can the system support commitments and accountability to invest in DRR at a country level? How can it support a shift in focus from process to outcomes?

This conference aimed to:

  • convene a timely and valuable discussion about the most effective international institutional structure for global DRR efforts after the end of the HFA in 2015
  • provide key donors and stakeholders with a neutral space for an open discussion concerning options relating to the structure of international DRR institutions beyond 2015
  • provide feedback and ideas to the PrepComs.
  • Intended outcomes:
  • To map out the current international institutional architecture in terms of mandates, roles and responsibilities, comparative advantages etc.
  • To identify what is required (institutionally) to deliver upon agreed DRR objectives up to and beyond the successor to the HFA.
  • Based on these elements to make recommendations for a set of core things that should change if appropriate.
  • Develop a way forward that will ensure these recommendations are made in the right place, at the right time, by the best placed actors.



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