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. Click below on each of the five HFA priorities. 

Good practices or cases can be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Arabic to wcdrr2015-celebrate@un.org latest by 31 January 2015. 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

HFA helps Mongolia reduce disaster deaths
Following the HFA, Mongolia has integrated disparate departments into one National Emergency Management Agency, with the commitment to treat disaster risk reduction as a development issue. Read more Mongolia

HFA helps Armenia reduce risk
Armenia’s Minister of Emergency Situations, Armen Yeritsyan, has praised the for inspiring “significant progress” in his country’s efforts to reduce disaster risk, including mainstreaming of DRR in government plans and policies. Read more Armenia

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

Early warning helped minimize loss of lives in Orissa
The state of Orissa in India is inherently vulnerable to disasters due to its 480-km wide coastline. However, this risk was only given proper attention after it lost thousands of lives to a super cyclone in 1999. Watch how the HFA has helped the state of Orissa build a more resilient community through efficient early warning and disaster preparedness. Learn more India

Early warning once again saved lives in India
India has again emerged as a global example of early warning, early action with the timely evacuation of up to 400,000 people ahead of Cyclone Hudhud. Its strong track record of converting past lessons into better preparedness provides an important reference as global consultations progress to forge a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. Learn more India

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

Pakistan’s first DRR Masters graduates
The faculty of Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology Risalpur campus knew it was time to act when the 2010 floods devastated large swathes of their country directly affecting 20 million people. Read more Pakistan

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

Ecuador invests heavily in DRR both politically and financially
A cost-benefit analysis of Ecuador's investment in DRR has shown that every $1 spent on prevention generated $9.5 in eventual savings. “That is a 1,000% return for the population,” said Ecuadorian Deputy Foreign Minister Leonardo Arízaga Schmegel. Read more Ecuador

Cultural heritage: a cornerstone of resilient communities
Three and a half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, local communities, the academe, and private sector have worked together to restore the “intangible” and “tangible” cultural heritage in the affected areas, as an important component of recovery. Read more Japan

Chile disability project wins 2014 Risk Award
The Chilean NGO Inclusiva won the 2014 Risk Award for its efforts to remove architectural, cultural and technological barriers for people living with disabilities in the town of Peňaflor. Following the 2010 earthquake, Inclusiva is working a quiet revolution in attitudes and behaviors which it wants to expand to the rest of Chile and Latin America. Read more Chile

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

Community-based disaster preparedness leads to zero casualty
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, the municipality of San Francisco in Cebu province, Philippines, did not lose a single life. This achievement has been attributed to the “purok” system established long before the super storm struck, as part of the town’s overall disaster preparedness strategy. Read more Philippines