Count Me In! I support the outcomes of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
In March, in Sendai, Japan, the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction can set a course to greater resilience.
United Nations Secretary–General
I call for a “cultural revolution,” for humanity to adapt to a fast-changing environment and to adopt a risk-informed lifestyle.
Since time immemorial, people have lost their lives and homes to floods, wind storms, droughts, heatwaves, cold waves and storm surges. Fortunately, over the 10 years of the Hyogo Framework for Action we have made great progress in predicting the weather, communicating risk, building multi-hazard early warning systems, and strengthening climate and disaster resilience.
World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General
Salvar vidas fue el primer paso, ahora caminamos hacia comunidades del buen vivir; incluyentes, participativas, siempre resilientes.
María del Pilar Cornejo
Minister for the National Secretariat of Risk Management
While disasters may stem from natural hazards, their impact is based on whether we take actions to reduce the risk. The Hyogo Framework for Action has been an invaluable tool for countries as they work to reduce disaster risk and thereby take the necessary steps to prepare for the next storm, earthquake, or other disaster considerations, all of which will help advance sustainable development.
Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
Only truly inclusive societies will be disaster-resilient.
I am coming to Sendai to meet with governments from around the world, as well as community leaders, business executives and all others who are key to making disaster risk reduction happen.
Tarja Kaarina Halonen
Former President of Finland 2002 - 2012
Over the last years, the Hyogo Framework for Action has been instrumental in guiding and coordinating risk reduction efforts of stakeholders at all levels. With complex global challenges awaiting an increasingly mobile and interconnected world over the next decades, the HFA2 will allow all of us to renew our commitments around new, ambitious resilience building objectives, and lead our collective efforts towards more sustainable human development.
International Organization for Migration Director General
The Hyogo Framework for Action was crucial in focusing international attention and effort towards the reduction of disaster risk. The year ahead offers a unique opportunity to take this momentum to the next level – starting here in Sendai, and later in Addis Ababa and Paris. Through these defining development and climate negotiations, we can ensure that resilience is fully integrated in the post-2015 development framework. At the World Bank Group we know that, in a world where we have already locked in warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, resilience and development are inextricably linked. We are committed to working with governments and other partners to both finance and bring scale to resilience in the world's most vulnerable communities.
Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
Our world is going through a time in which the impacts of natural and man-made disasters are getting more and more exacerbated. The current situation has become a threat to living in a safe environment for communities. The most fundamental method of coping with this threat is to identify the hazards and risks associated with all areas of life, and then take the necessary measures to counter them. It will thus be possible to always raise the society’s quality of living. I hope that WCDRR will contribute this goal. With this opportunity, it is an honour to invite you all to World Humanitarian Summit, İstanbul, 2016.
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
Disaster Risk Reduction is everybody’s business. Let the WCDRR in Sendai be a time where we as world leaders set new direction for Disaster resilience for a hopeful generations for tomorrow. The continuous re-occurrence of Disasters around the globe, calls for international united voice to set more coordinated effort in addressing the adverse effects of Climate Change in our Communities to adopt a risk informed community plan as a way forward for disaster resilience.
President of the Republic of Vanuatu
Unfortunately, it is beyond our power to prevent every disaster that might occur somewhere in the world. But we can do something to alleviate human suffering, to help people at risk in such a way that they are prepared for future disasters. This strategy also has a positive effect on costs: by investing in prevention, we can reduce the expenditure on emergency aid and reconstruction by a factor of between five and ten.
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Ten years past HFA’s endorsement, Lebanon shares its experience, aspires to become a flagship of resilience in the region hoping all the developing countries will do the same.
Mohamad Al Mashnouk
Minister of Environment, Lebanon
Count Me In! I pledge to promote and report on the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
We have to admit the truth that disaster is unavoidable. After the worst flood of Thailand in 2011, Thai people learned and admitted this truth more and more. As a disaster journalist of Thai PBS, I pay more attention to cover how to be more resilient to disaster issue. Since we still encounter severe flood and drought in many area of our country every year. Disaster Risk Reduction or DRR is a key word issue for Thai journalists from now on. I believe that we should communicate more on how to live with disaster, not to fight with it.
Women are terribly affected by disasters. Disasters are making them more vulnerable and dependent. I hope that the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be an opportunity to find solutions for a more resilient world.
The statistics about Africa’s boom times will remain far from the realities that we experience, if they do not capture disaster risk reduction as a key element of sustainable development. The World Conference is an opportunity to learn from other people’s experience.
Disasters in whatever form are a threat to us in the small islands in the Pacific. It can wipe out a whole community, even a whole nation. There is a real need for my people to understand that disasters can be reduced if they take their governments to task to ensure any form of development must include disaster risk reduction measures.
No part of the world is immune to natural disasters. I think it is important for people to be aware of the particular risks where they live and have a plan of action. Education, preparation and information saves lives.
Malawi is one the countries often hit by disaster ranging from floods, heavy storms and massive thunder storms. As a journalist covering environmental issues including disasters at a National Broadcasting station in Malawi, I believe the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which is likely to bring all players under one roof to share experiences and future action plans, will be a mile stone and rare opportunity that will accord me a global perspective and action processes of the issues for competent reporting on the ground.
Every year I cover large and small disasters that devastate Southeast Asia. With urbanization and a changing climate, we can't avoid them but I hope we will learn to reduce the loss and damages individuals and countries suffer.
Freelance journalist, Climate News Network., and former member of the UK committee for the UN Decade of Natural Disaster Reduction. Why did we ever call them natural disasters? Meteorological disaster stories could be linked to climate change, or political corruption, or poverty, ignorance and inequality. Geophysical disaster stories can be about the research that wasn’t done, or the engineering advice that was neglected or the political myopia that put the lives of thousands at risk. For the journalist, every disaster story opens a window on the world we live in, and the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction promises to be as important as any political summit, or any climate conference because it embraces so many aspects of society. Even better, it could save lives.
Swazi women and children are dying due to starvation caused by persistent drought. I hope that the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will come up with a solution.
Given what I've written on trajectories for population growth and investment in areas, rich and poor, prone to potent climatic or geologic hazards, it'd be irresponsible for me not to highlight and cover the next U.N. conference on disaster risk reduction. (This is particularly true because I write for the Opinion side of The Times, where I get to set my own priorities and state what's on my mind.) Since I created Dot Earth for The Times in 2007, my beat has been a simple question: How do we head toward 9 billion people with the fewest regrets? With that question in mind, I can't think of a more important issue and opportunity than finding ways to shift investment, design and education norms in ways that can mitigate, ahead of time, the suffering and losses that come when a great earthquake or mega drought or other predictable, but rare, calamity unfolds. UNISDE created a marvelous http://stopdisastersgame.org Website where anyone can plan for a disaster and learn what strategies work best. But in real life, this is no game given the huge stakes.
Typhoon Haiyan devastated my family's hometown Palo, as a journalist covering disasters I processed them as a personal loss as well as a professional challenge. So much more could have been done to adequately prepare people, experts knew what was coming. Now is the time to save lives and livelihoods, to prepare properly for disasters.
Disaster is one of the challenges for poverty reduction in my country. Hope to get some points to develop resilience community in the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015.
Mozambique faces floods and drought every year. Moreover, this year the National Institute of Disaster Management has activated 800 risk management committees across the country to mitigate the effects of floods. So I think that the participation of the Jornal domingo (Sunday newspaper) can be crucial to strengthening the dissemination of information on disaster risk reduction.
Jorge Ernesto Rungo
Nepal is one of the countries most at disaster risk, especially from earthquake and flood risks. As a journalist working since 1993 in the field of disaster risk reduction, I hope that the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will bring solutions and offer a good plan of action for countries to take action.
Shreeram Singh Basnet
I strongly agree with a media colleague who told a recent gathering of journalism students here in Metro Manila that journalism is also public service. Aside from news reporting, media practitioners can help engage communities, especially those in poverty-stricken areas, in public and private sector efforts to achieve resilience to both man-made and natural disasters. Since climate change is not just an environmental issue but also a serious threat to future generations, I believe it is part of media's responsibilities to help build a safer and disaster-resilient Philippines.
Jerry E. Esplanada
The steps taken by Bangladesh in recent years to forewarn people and reduce the impact of disaster and storms proves that action can be taken avert the most severe outcomes from such tragic events. This is a lesson all countries in the region can learn from.