[by Rex Horoi | 3rd WCDRR Sendai | 15 March 2015 | Day 2]
How a "Disaster" can unite the Global Community? How can it unite a region, a nation, a province, a city or a village? But why doesn't this unity come before a disaster occurs?
For example, at the 3rd WCDRR in Sendai, we enter to the Conference Centre from different lines: one line is for Civil Society and others, the other one is for diplomats and government officials. What is the protocol if there is a fire in the main Conference Hall, when saving lives takes priority over whether you are a government official, diplomat or an NGO worker? Would we have to go through our respective doors again or any door to get out and be saved?
Let us be real for once to realize that our existence is based on human rights, that we all belong to the human race. Let us not make common-sense difficult.
Small and big disasters in our communities and the impacts of climate change in our world are real threats to the survival of the human race,
But are we joining hands and acting together to effectively mitigate and successfully adapt to these threats? The Conference document under negotiation requires agreement by all parties on 7 targets, but why are there divisions on these common targets when disasters do not have barriers or choose who they destroy? What keeps us apart from agreeing to these seven targets may be the reasons that can unite us all to survive as one human race.
History tells us more about the past and what happened, but have we learnt the lessons of the past? The future is not yet here and by the time the future arrives, it will be the Now. What are we doing in the now? We are meeting at Sendai City today to plan for the future and so what gift can we give to the world beyond Sendai? My vantage point is that, the best gift we can give the World is a Purple Cow Agreement in the 21st century, The Sendai Agreement with the Seven Targets without any delusions.
GNDR and Frontline Coalition are doing a Reality Check so look out for the next blog.