In 2015, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015-2030, set out four priority areas for action to reduce the impacts of disasters on mortality, communities, and the economy, and to strengthen disaster risk reduction:
- Understanding disaster risk
- Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
- Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
- Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction
As we mark the halfway point of the Sendai Framework in 2023, this issue takes stock of the progress we have made so far. In truth, we found it hard to pull together an issue that would reflect the true current state. Perhaps it was due to burnout or the ongoing disruptions we are all facing post-pandemic, or perhaps it was due to the extremely complex topic of disaster risk, but one thing was not clear: no one seems to agree. With that in mind, we narrowed our focus to the first priority, to help create a common baseline – to understand disaster risk.
Our hope is that from this baseline, we can carry on the conversation to examine the other priorities. Just as David passed on the torch to the next generation, we need to carry on the conversation and address all priorities of the Sendai Framework.
So, let’s first understand disaster risk.