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Bruno reports from Nairobi on a failed marriage and why Disaster Risk Reduction and Community-based Adaptation have been unsuccessful at working more closely together.

The world has rightly turned its attention to the tragedy unfolding in Nepal. Next week a different story will grab the headlines. Meanwhile reality for Nepali people is that disasters continue every day. They are much smaller in scale – landslides, floods and other events causing death, injury and destruction affecting tens rather than thousands. 

Marcus Oxley, GNDR Executive Director reports on his attendance to the Swiss Confederation Humanitarian Aid Annual Conference held in Bern on Friday 27 March, under the topic "Understanding Risk – Reducing Disasters". Read on his participation as a panellist in the session called "After Sendai; from policy to action" where Marcus acknowledged the positive developments of the recently signed Sendai Framework, but also reminded those attending this session of the critical role of civil society into turning policy aspirations into local action, which encouragingly obtained general acceptance from the audience.

"With several emergencies happening simultaneously, very little has been done to include people with disabilities". writes Carlos Kaiser, Executive Director of GNDr member Inclusiva. about the exclusion of persons with disabilities in the response to the ongoing emergency situation in Chile. Carlos calls for the Chilean government to have a reality check and recognise the current realities on the ground for persons with disabilities. And we must all support this - "The moment to act is now". 

Bruno Haghebaert, GNDR Learning Coordinator, reflects on the changing DRR landscape since 2004, when John Twigg wrote the iconic "Disaster risk reduction Mitigation and preparedness in development and emergency programming" Good Practice Review book, comissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network. Bruno outlines in this blog the main seven changes he has seen in the DRR landscape since then.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

A journey to a disaster-resilient world

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Syed Shahnawaz Ali of Islamic Relief Philippines sets out the challenges to which the world must respond in agreeing action to build a safer world for all.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

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GNDR member and renowned academic Ben Wisner responds with his first impressions on the HFA2 draft seven targets still under discussion on March 17th, as negotiations still continue overnight into the final and closing day of the conference.
At exactly the same time when tropical cyclone Pam, one of the most powerful cyclones ever, devastated the Pacific island of Vanuatu,  over 180 governments in Sendai, Japan are negotiating hard to reach an agreement to prepare for and reduce the impact of disasters. Harjeet Singh, GNDR member, reflects on how governments should be stepping up actions to deal with climate change, during a final round of talks on post 2015 disaster risk reduction framework marred by regressive stances. "If we end up with all weak targets, then the new agreement will in fact be weaker than the current Framework that ends in 2015.", says Harjeet.
 
[PRESS RELEASE] 
At Sendai conference, NGOs lament limited political commitment to funding disaster risk reduction plans. Sticky points linger on around targets, finance and support from the developed to developing countries as conference enters last day. Leaders given a wake-up call on importance of deal as Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu.
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