Science and Policy Forum for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Council will organize a Science Policy Forum, together with UNISDR, the UNISDR Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) and the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, on the margins of the 2019 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Resilience.

May 13 – May 14, 2019
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The new paradigm of risk-sensitive and risk-informed development triggered by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 requires sound foundations in knowledge and understanding of risk and resilience to contribute to the attainment of the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. The Sendai Framework, in adopting ‘Understanding Disaster Risk’ as its first priority for action, emphasizes the importance of science and technology in its implementation. It calls for enhanced scientific and technical work on disaster risk reduction in the context of sustainable development and climate change and highlights the need to prioritize the development and dissemination of science-based risk knowledge, technology and innovation.

But it is not just about understanding risk – it is also about building a more integrated science basis which brings together science disciplines from all aspects of the 2030 Agenda, and most importantly ensuring science is used by policy-makers in support of risk-informed decisions and investment.

The Global Platform, with its focus on the resilience dividend, is a key opportunity to highlight the role of science, showcase its opportunities and commitment and encourage dialogue with Governments, private sector representatives and other practitioners.

Science and policy discussions at the Global Platform will be linked and mutually benefitting from the Commission on Science and Technology for Development CSTD) and STI Forum, both under the leadership of ECOSOC and taking place from 13-17 May 2019 in Geneva and New York respectively.

The results of the discussions will also feed into the High-Level Political Forum, High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development and UN Climate Summit under the auspices of the UN General Assembly in September, and other critical global and regional events with the aim to link the global 2030 agreements and their respective scientific basis closer together.


Key objectives of the Global Science Policy Forum for DRR 2019 are:

  • To share and review progress in global, regional, national and local implementation of science-based policy making, risk sensitive development as a basis for enhanced engagement between science and policy for risk-informed decision-making across the 2030 Agenda;
  • To identify the key knowledge gaps and opportunities to strengthen the contributions of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary science base to delivering the Sendai Framework including through the operationalization of the Global Science and Technology Road Map;
  • To commit collectively to enhanced collaboration for an integrated science approach to DRR, climate change adaptation and sustainable development;
  • To fill the current gap in knowledge and application of new technologies for disaster-risk reduction and enhanced resilience.
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