Science and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

The project aims to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda through support for interactions-based research and policy prioritization and programming at all levels of governance.

Covering man-made as well as natural hazards, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction expanded the scope of disaster risk reduction to biological, environmental, geological, hydrometeorological and technological hazards and calls for a multi-hazard approach to disaster risk reduction. This reflects the increasingly interconnected risk landscape of today, where hazards occur simultaneously, cascade or cumulate over time, and which demands much better understanding of the underlying interdependencies and amplification of hazards.

Building on existing hazard definitions and other technical expertise in various sectors, the UNDRR-ISC Technical Working Group on Sendai Hazard Definitions and Classification brings together technical experts from relevant science groups, UN agencies, the private sector and other partners to develop comprehensive technical guidance for the full scope of hazards comprised by the Sendai Framework. 

Learn more about the issue

  • Achieving Risk Reduction Across Sendai, Paris And The SDGs –  providing a crucial set of key messages for policy-makers based on the synergies between the major global agreements of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda with specific reference to systemic and cascading risks
  • Disaster Loss Data In Monitoring The Implementation Of The Sendai Framework – listing seven key policy recommendations, from improving partnerships between intragovernment agencies, academic, private sector, NGOs and insurance authorities to ensuring standardized disaster loss data quantification is adequately able to identify gaps in risk assessment.

UNDRR-ISC Technical Working Group on Sendai Hazard Definitions and Classification

Summary

This project stems from the partnership agreement between UNDRR and the ISC. Both organisations jointly established in May 2019 a Technical Working Group (TWG) to identify the full scope of hazards relevant to the Sendai Framework and the scientific definitions of these hazards, drawing on the internationally agreed UN definitions and available scientific literature.

The project’s aim is two-fold:

  • to define the full range of hazards that are encompassed in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global framework for action adopted in 2015 by all UN members states which has expanded the scope of disaster risk reduction to biological, environmental, geological, hydrometeorological and technological hazards;
  • to provide a scientific definition of all the hazards identified, drawing mostly on the internationally agreed UN definition and available scientific literature.

Key Milestones

The work by the Technical Working Group was announced at the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and included in Paragraph 14 of the Co-Chairs’ Summary: ‘Experts from science, the United Nations, and the private sector launched a new technical working group to develop a definitions’ list for the Sendai Framework hazards’ UNDRR 2019a).

Throughout 2019 and in the first half of 2020 the Technical Hazards Task Team and the ISC science community continued to provide peer-reviews for the draft report and the hazard definitions, with the finalization of the report in June 2020.

The launch of a new scientific report on hazards definition took place online on 29 July 2020, where Mami Mizutori, Heide Hackmann and Virginia Murray will discuss its 6 targeted recommendations.


Hazard Definition & Classification Review: Technical Review

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