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"About 80 percent of the investment in a city typically comes from the private sector, so the private sector does have a stake in making cities more resilient. We spend a great deal of effort to respond to natural disasters, but we have not done very well as a society to plan response actions to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters," said Dale Sands, vice chair of the United Nations’ Private Sector Advisory Group for the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction, as reported by Greenbiz. Sands was talking earlier this year at a Sustainable Business Fridays conversation held by the Bard MBA in Sustainability program, based in New York City.
This 2-pager highlights an alternative way of organising the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, along sector-based lines, and reiterates three strategies for pursuing effective disaster resilience for sustainable development. It is part of ODI's effort to offer support and guidance to governments contributing to the negotiations on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, with the intention for a new agreement to be signed in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. It relies on the 1 and 2 page graphical representations issued by the Co-Chairs authoring the drafts of the new framework, which are powerful inputs to the process.
World Economic Forum (WEF)
In the days following the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the World Bank disaster risk management (DRM) community worked to assess the damage, and support the Haitian government plan and enact what would become a massive and protracted recovery from this profound disaster. Accurate and up to date maps of the country were an important component of these planning efforts. These maps came from an unexpected source, a global community of volunteer mappers, who, using their internet connections and access to satellite imagery, were able to contribute to mapping Haiti from their own homes.Following the Haiti earthquake, the World Bank, Google, and several other entities made high-resolution imagery of the affected area available to the public. Over 600 individuals from the global OpenStreetMap (OSM) community began digitizing the imagery, tracing roads, building outlines, and other infrastructure, creating what quickly became the most detailed map of Port au Prince that had ever existed. Volunteers from 29 countries made about 1.2 million edits to the map, performing an estimated year of cartographic work in about 20 days. This effort catalyzed a rethinking of community mapping and open data within the World Bank and other international institutions.
Reporting for Devex on the promising progress this week’s 2nd World Reconstruction Conference in Washington, Rolf Rosenkranz argued that local ownership and governance, as well as coordination among public, private and civil society stakeholders, is crucial to the success of any disaster risk reduction or resiliency plan. Citing the remarks of El Salvador’s secretary for vulnerability issues, Jorge Melendez, he illustrated the efforts to incorporate risk reduction and prevention into the country’s development strategy. "Vulnerabilities need to be identified in order to be able to reduce the associated risk and undertake mitigation measures. Investing in the resilience of infrastructure and communities is more effective.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
This brochure presents the third of five Programmes aimed to improve coherence, focus, depth and efficiency in delivering the results of UNISDR Strategic Framework: Towards 2025. This Programme will address one of the key underlying drivers of disaster risk: poor urban governance. By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. As cities continue to grow, exposure of lives, livelihoods and economic, social and environmental assets is set to increase exponentially. The local level is the frontline of addressing disaster risk and is where significant gains can be made.
Council conclusions on the post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action: Managing risks to achieve resilience
Council of the European Union
The Council conclusions confirm the commitment of the European Union and its Member States to play an active and constructive role in the ongoing negotiations with a view to contributing to an ambitious outcome of the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Council conclusions promote improved accountability, transparency and governance; the important role of indicators to measure progress and encourage implementation; strengthening the contribution to sustainable and smart growth; addressing vulnerabilities and needs in a comprehensive framework; and ensuring coherence with the international agenda.
The future resilience of the planet rests upon shortening the distance between emerging scientific evidence and actionable policy.
By Andy McElroy
A High-Level Panel, titled ‘Perspectives on the Value of Earth Observations’, agreed on the importance of the “usability of information” in the International Strategy of Disaster Reduction and other global efforts to strengthen resilience. Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), said collaboration and coordination was crucial: “We need to join up the dots about what we know about how resources can be used and not be used in future. “The world really is heading terribly in the wrong direction. We need to bring science to decision making. And in such a complex world, we can no longer afford the luxury of taking very narrow, specific responses. “It is also important that we are not paralysed by waiting to have perfect information before we act. Such an approach has never been the basis for human decision making.”
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
The future resilience of the planet rests upon shortening the distance between emerging scientific evidence and actionable policy. A High-Level Panel, titled ‘Perspectives on the Value of Earth Observations’, agreed on the importance of the “usability of information” in the International Strategy of Disaster Reduction and other global efforts to strengthen resilience. Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), said collaboration and coordination was crucial: “We need to join up the dots about what we know about how resources can be used and not be used in future.
By Cheong Suk-Wai, Senior Writer
URA chairman Peter Ho considers Boston the epitome of a resilient city. It re-invented itself three times between the 16th and 21st centuries. THE true test of how ready a city is to tackle all threats is how well it operates in storms as well as in sunny conditions. Urban resilience has long been the desired goal for urban planners and city dwellers alike.
Guardian News and Media Limited
Governments alone cannot ensure the resilience cities need to cope with superstorms like Sandy, business must scale up technology to prevent and respond to disasters, writes Albert Cho, vice president for strategy and business development at Xylem, the global water technology company, for the Guardian.
Sri Lanka welcomes local and international delegates for a major international conference on building resilience to disasters
Heritance Ahungalla, on Sri Lanka’s South West coast, will be the setting for a major international conference on the development of societal resilience to natural and human induced disasters. The International Conference on Building Resilience will welcome International and Sri Lankan academics, practitioners, professionals and policy makers concerned with interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities. Communities around the world are faced with the threat of disasters on a daily basis. National governments, local government associations, international, regional and civil society organisations, donors, the private sector, academia and professional associations as well as every citizen needs to be engaged in reducing their risk to disasters. All these stakeholders must play their part in contributing to building disaster resilient communities.
"We need to integrate the full range of risk management approaches from better preparedness and response to long-term disaster risk reduction. Such a holistic approach recognizes that climate change adaptation and mitigation responses are closely linked and involve multiple sectors, stakeholders and environmental and socioeconomic issues. Strengthening community safety also requires the use of scientifically robust information; however this information is rarely tailored to the needs of the humanitarian community.
"We need to integrate the full range of risk management approaches from better preparedness and response to long-term disaster risk reduction. Such a holistic approach recognizes that climate change adaptation and mitigation responses are closely linked and involve multiple sectors, stakeholders and environmental and socioeconomic issues. Strengthening community safety also requires the use of scientifically robust information; however this information is rarely tailored to the needs of the humanitarian community. We must also ensure that vulnerable people are provided with free, timely access to the information they need so as to enhance their own adaptive capacity," writes senior officer for climate change mitigation at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Meinrad Bürer on the pages of Devex.
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Disaster losses have risen faster than Asia-Pacific’s economy has expanded, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which recommends regional governments find ways to offer disaster risk financing instruments such as calamity funds, tax credits, and catastrophe bonds to strengthen disaster resilience. “Asia’s economic gain is being eroded by disasters, often hitting the poorest hardest,” said Bindu Lohani, ADB’s Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development. “As the global region most vulnerable to climate change, we no longer have a choice but to focus on disaster risk management.”
Huffington Post Inc.
Numerous complex risks, such as climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, conﬂict, and food price volatility, are making the lives of vulnerable communities more difficult. The poor should be enabled to adapt to change and build robust, adaptable and richer livelihoods, so that they can avoid hunger and poverty, according to a Huffington Post blog post on one of the World Economic Forum topics.