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For two days, civil society organizations, members of GNDR and media professionals gathered in Tsevie (35 km far from Lomé, the capital city of Togo) to become better informed about the three main development negotiations in 2015..

The Sustainable Development Goals are now out. But how is resilience incorporated? Will the SDGs fill the shortcomings of the SFDRR? Does it pave the way for an ambitious Climate Change Agreement later this year? What should civil society do now? Lucy Pearson just about scrapes the surface on these questions and asks you to share your thoughts.

You have been there so many times. Sitting in a conference listening to the same old "blah blah" about how things need to change, but nobody actually saying how to make it happen. Not this time. This time I attended a conference that, refreshingly, discussed how we can move from words into action.

The history of resilience of people with disabilities after the heavy landslides in the north of Chile. Here is what the team at Inclusiva NGO found.

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.
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