Hyogo Framework for Action


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In January of 2005, the World Conference for Disaster Reduction was held in Kobe, Japan where delegates from nations worldwide agreed upon the need for a “substantial reduction of disaster losses, in lives and in the social, economic and environmental assets”, as well as on the need for mechanisms to assist them towards this end. The resulting Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters The Hyogo Framework for Action serves as the basis for guiding government and international organizations that make up the UN system and the ISDR system in disaster risk reduction initiatives. It also forms the basis by which UN/ISDR operates.

Strategic goals:

  • 1. The integration of disaster risk reduction into sustainable development policies and planning;
  • 2. Development and strengthening of institutions, mechanisms and capacities to build resilience to hazards; and
  • 3. The systematic incorporation of risk reduction approaches into the implementation of emergency preparedness, response and recovery programmes.

Five priorities for action:

  • 1. Ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and a local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation;
  • 2. Identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning;
  • 3. Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels;
  • 4. Reduce the underlying risk factors;
  • 5. Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels.
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