Preparatory Process - Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

Preparatory Process

Preparatory Committee

General Assembly resolution 68/211 of 2013 established an Open-ended Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee to review organizational and substantive preparations for the Conference. The Preparatory Committee's first session (14-15 July 2014) agreed on a draft agenda and proposed rules of procedure for adoption by the Conference. A second session (17-18 November 2014) met to approve the Conference programme of work and develop the draft post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. A third session, in Sendai, Japan (13 March 2015) will consider and transmit the draft post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction to the World Conference. The Assembly established a Bureau of the Preparatory Committee to prepare sessions.

 
Voluntary Commitments

General Assembly resolution 68/211 of 2013 “invites voluntary commitments by all stakeholders and their networks to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action as well as support the development of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction”. The Assembly also decided, as one of the objectives of the WCDRR, "to identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction".

 
Multistakeholder process

In its resolution 69/207 of 2012, the General Assembly decided to convene the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to review the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action and adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. UNISDR was requested to serve as Conference secretariat. It was tasked to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction and to coordinate preparatory activities in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

 
Zero Draft 

The zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction released on 20 October 2014  served as the basis for the negotiations that began at the second session of the Preparatory Committee, held in Geneva, from 17 to 18 November 2014.  Click here to view 

 

Objectives of the Third UN World Conference

a. To complete the assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;

b. To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations as well as relevant regional agreements under the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;

c. To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;

d. To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;

e. To determine modalities for periodic review of the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.