Celebrating the success of HFA

UNISDR is calling for good practices or cases that highlight the success of the Hyogo Framework for Action and serve as an evidence to support the recommendations made for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

Practices or cases can range from implementation at any level (community, city, national, regional or global), or implemented by any stakeholder (national or local governments, non-governmental entities, universities, private sector, intergovernmental organizations or community groups).

Selected practices or cases will be highlighted before and during the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Good practices or cases can be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Arabic to wcdrr2015-celebrate@un.org latest by 30 November 2014. Please refer to the format in the template below.

1] National and local priority

Title Description Location

'Like our ancestors, if we have the heart, we can do it'
The Pacific has forged ahead with innovative institutional arrangements to keep the vulnerable region on the front foot in its efforts to reduce disaster risk and adapt to climate change. Read here how Vanuatu has established a Ministry for Planning and Climate Change Adaptation and how the Cook Islands is using its national budget to ‘hinge and hook’ climate finance. Read more Pacific Islands

Lebanon embarks on regional first with disaster risk plan
Lebanon has a lot on its plate but that has not stopped it from being a leading light in the Arab world terms of disaster risk reduction and being the first country in the region that has adopted an overarching national strategy that balances corrective, prospective and compensatory action. Read more Lebanon

2] Risk assessment

Title Description Location
Evacuation saves whole island from Typhoon Haiyan
The prompt evacuation of 1,000 people from a tiny island that had all 500 houses destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, in Philippines, saved the entire population. The hero of the hour, UNISDR role model former mayor Al Arquillano, modestly summed up the experience: “It just shows preparedness pays.” Read more San Fernando Municipality, Cebu, Philippines

Farmers reap fruits of risk management
Beleagured papaya farmers in Fiji that were pushed to near bankruptcy in Cyclone Evan in 2012 have reassessed their disaster risk and as a result have changed their agriculture practices to build a more resilient business sector. This shift includes production being moved from traditional crop heartlands; budgets that include contingency for disasters, & planting on smaller blocks and on a more regular basis. Read more Fiji

3] Knowledge and Education

Title Description Location

Bank chief urges business to lend its resilience wisdom
Banking executive Adrian Hughes believes governments have a lot to learn from business in terms of the private sectors knowledge and innovation in bouncing back quickly. “We need to look at those businesses that have lasted a couple of generations and ask ourselves: ‘what are they doing and how can we learn from them’,” the Fiji-based financier said. Read more Fiji

School director pioneers safer learning for pupils
Baiboonlamphun School, in Thailand, has 1,600 pupils and a school director – Mr Pachernwaat Srichai – who is a pioneer of safe learning: “In the past it has been suggested that parents in developing economies are not as concerned about school safety as those in developed countries but that is not the case.” Read more of how Thai school is showing an important way forward under Priority Area 3. Read more Thailand

4] Vulnerability Reduction

Title Description Location

“When things turn to custard you need good governance”
‘When things turn to custard you need good governance’. These were the words of Roger Sutton, head of the Canterbury Earthquake Authority, who knows a thing or two about getting on top of one of the main drivers of risk: poor governance. Read here examples from opposite sides of the world – New Zealand and Scotland – on how good governance pays. Read more

New Zealand and Scotland

Developer unveils vision of cities as havens during disasters
“We promote an urban development concept that seeks to build a city to escape into rather than a city from which people run away,” says Shuichi Sano, Senior General Manager of Mori Buildings in Japan who urges public and private sector leaders to embrace his vision of cities as havens from disasters rather than urban development being a source of accumulating risk. Read more Japan

5] Disaster Preparedness

Title Description Location

'This bridge has been destroyed six times so now we build it higher and stronger'
“This bridge has been destroyed six times in recent years from various floods so this time we are building it higher and stronger,” Fiji’s Western Commissioner Mr Joeli Cawaki said as he explained how future preparedness will be more explicitly community led. Read more Fiji

Cities campaign helps reduce cyclone losses
Cyclone Phalin in Odisha, India, in October 2013 caused USD700 million worth of direct losses. This figure would have been much higher but for the strong record of disaster preparedness the state has shown over the past 10 or so years. Read how Dr Piyush Ranjan Rout credits the inspiration of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign for helping avoid an even worse outcome. Read more India