UNISDR needs a better definition of ‘Vulnerability’

There is no translation available.In this short piece, Ben Wisner makes an incisive critique of an aseptic definition of “vulnerability” provided by UNISDR where power relations, institutional failure and intentionality are omitted.

Cadre de Sendai pour la Réduction des risques de catastrophes

Le Cadre de Sendai pour la réduction des risques de catastrophe (SFDRR) a été finalisé en mars 2015. Bien que le cadre soit complet, il s'agit d'un cadre politique encore imparfait et la manière dont il sera éxaminé reste à déterminer. En savoir plus pour être informé, soutenir GNDR dans son action et participer.

Critique to SFDRR

There is no translation available.Marcus Oxley has written a critique of the SFDRR, including a summary SWOT analysis of the main Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the Sendai Framework. 

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

There is no translation available.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.

A journey to a disaster-resilient world

There is no translation available.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.

The Changing Landscape of DRR: Some Reflections on the Past Decade

There is no translation available.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.

It’s the economy, stupid

There is no translation available.Whilst the negotiations over finance for DRR are deadlocked, Terry Gibson discovers from conversations with people at the frontline and Washington funders that an alternative might be direct finance to the frontline . . .

Ambitious targets for a safer world for all

There is no translation available.Every word matters when it comes to disaster risk reduction. This conference must deliver a framework that commits member states to ambitious targets that build a safer world for all. Islamic Relief's Imran Madden, Head of Humanitarian Department for Islamic Relief, reports from the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, a pivotal world conference on DRR.  

NGOs lament limited political commitment to funding disaster risk reduction plans

There is no translation available.[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.

Climate politics waters down ambition of UN disaster risk deal

There is no translation available.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.  

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