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Reference Materials from the United Nations

The United Nations system has a special leadership role in global risk and disaster reduction by its universal character, inter-disciplinary and multi-sectoral scope and role as a forum for global dialogue.

 

This session contains our selected documents and guidelines published by the United Nations system such as the United Nation Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change (UNFCCC), The United Nations Human settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and other related agencies.

 

*Descriptions of documents are taken from the source documents. The documents are not owned by the HKJCDPRI, and are freely and publicly available, unless specified otherwise. We ask users to use them with respect and credit the authors as appropriate.

 

Frameworks and Recommendations by UNISDR 

Publication

Publication Year

Author

Description

Strategic Approach to Capacity Development for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

2018 UNISDR

This Strategic Approach to Capacity Development for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction seeks to establish among all stakeholders a common understanding of capacity development within the disaster risk reduction (DRR) context. This Strategic Approach is a resource of empowerment for all relevant capacity development partners and stakeholders, and its goal - A Vision of Risk-Informed Sustainable Development by 2030.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

2015

UNISDR

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework) is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and four priorities for action. The Sendai Framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognises that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector and other stakeholders.

Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters

2005

UNISDR

The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (HFA) is the first plan to explain, describe and detail the work that is required from all different sectors and actors to reduce disaster losses. The HFA is a 10-year plan to make the world safer from natural hazards.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

1999

United Nations

The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) was launched by the Economic and Social Council and endorsed by the General Assembly as an international framework for responding to the challenge presented to the international community by the increasing incidence and scale of disasters. UNISDR was created as an inter-agency secretariat of ISDR together with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction.

Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World

1994

United Nations

The Yokohama Strategy for a Safer World: Guidelines for Natural Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Mitigation and its Plan of Action was adopted at the 1994 First World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction, building on the mid-term review of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.

International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction

1989

United Nations

Given the increasing concern about the impact of disasters, the UN General Assembly declared 1990-1999 the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). Initially, IDNDR was influenced largely by scientific and technical interest groups. However, the broader global awareness of the social and economic consequences of disasters caused by natural hazards developed as the decade progressed.

 

Global Assessment Report (GAR) Disaster Risk Reduction

Publication

Publication Year

Author

Description

GAR Risk Atlas 2017

2017

UNISDR

The GAR Atlas presents the output of a Global Risk Model (GRM) that can estimate the disaster risk associated with different kinds of hazard faced by national economies throughout the world. The model uses a state-of-the-art probabilistic approach analogous to that applied by the catastrophe modelling and insurance industry over recent decades. This model has been developed by a consortium of leading scientific and technical organisations, under the coordination of UNISDR.

GAR 2015

2015

UNISDR

The fourth edition of the GAR is a resource for understanding and analysing global disaster risk today and in the future. The report explores the large potential losses from disasters currently face by many countries - especially those which can least afford to invest in future resilience and the cost and benefits of disaster risk management (DRM).

GAR 2013

2013

UNISDR

The third edition of the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is a resource for understanding and analysing global disaster risk today and in the future. It explores why increasing disaster risks represent a growing problem for the economic and business community at different scales and examines how paradoxically business investments that aimed to strengthen competitiveness and productivity may have inadvertently contributed to increasing risk.

GAR 2011

2011

UNISDR

The second edition of the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is a resource for understanding and analysing global disaster risk today and in the future. Drawing on new and enhanced data, the 2011 report explores trends in disaster risk for each region and for countries with different socioeconomic development. At the same time, over 130 governments are engaged in self-assessments of their progress towards the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), contributing to what is now the most complete global overview of national efforts to reduce disaster risk.

GAR 2009

2009

UNISDR

The 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) was launched in Bahrain on May 17, 2009. The Report provides hard-hitting evidence to demonstrate how, where and why disaster risk is increasing globally and presents key findings from a global analysis of disaster risk patterns and trends, including where high mortality and economic loss is concentrated.

 

Framework and Recommendations on Climate Change 

Publication

Publication Year

Author

Description

Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

2016

United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance, starting in the year 2020.

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

1997

United Nations

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which commits its Parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets.

Recognising that developed countries are principally responsible for the current high levels of GHG emissions in the atmosphere as a result of more than 150 years of industrial activity, the Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations under the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities."

 

United Nation Develpoment Goals 

Publication

Publication Year

Author

Description

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

2015

United Nations 

Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The SDGs are part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly: "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." The goals are broad and interdependent, yet each has a separate list of targets to achieve.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

2000

United Nations

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were the eight international development goals for the year 2015. Each goal had specific targets and dates for achieving those targets.

 

Framework and Recommendations from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (Habitat)

Publication

Publication Year

Author

Description

Habitat III: New urban agenda

2016

United Nations @Habitat

The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, on 20 October 2016. The New Urban Agenda represents a shared vision for a better and more sustainable future. If well-planned and well-managed, urbanisation can be a powerful tool for sustainable development for both developing and developed countries.

The Habitat agenda is updated every two decades. Past versions can be seen here: 

Habitat II: The Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements and the Habitat Agenda (published 1996)

Habitat I: The Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements (published 1976)

 

Reference Materials for Humanitarian Response during Disasters 

Publication

Publication Year

Author

Description

Disaster Response in Asia and the Pacific: A Guide to International Tools and Services

2013

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 

Disaster Response in Asia and the Pacific: A Guide to International Tools and Services is designed to help disaster managers in national Governments gain basic knowledge of how to use international tools and services. It aims to support the growing disaster response and disaster response preparedness capabilities that exist at national level across Asia and the Pacific.

 

Other Useful Tools

Publication

Publication Year

Author

Description

DRR terminology

2016

UNISDR

The UNISDR Terminology aims to promote a common understanding and usage of disaster risk reduction concepts and to assist the disaster risk reduction efforts of authorities, practitioners and the public.

Humanitarian Icons

2018

UN OCHA

The 2018 set includes 295 icons covering topics such as humanitarian clusters, disasters, logistics, security incidents and a user experience/user interface design.

1Living with risk: a global review of disaster reduction initiatives. (2004). United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

 
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