UN / RISK REDUCTION SENDAI FRAMEWORK

18-May-2023 00:04:47
The UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to renew commitment and accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction up to 2030. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / RISK REDUCTION SENDAI FRAMEWORK
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DATELINE: 18 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

18 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“The Assembly decides to adopt draft resolution A/77/L.70. It is so decided.”
4. Wide shot, Kőrösi walking to podium
SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“This midterm review is our last chance before 2030 to collectively change course. Starting today, let us ensure our choices are planet-smart and people-centered.”
5. Wide shot, Kőrösi at podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Disasters know no borders. They are also connected – to each other and to us, through our actions and inactions.”
7. Wide shot, Kőrösi leaving podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must acknowledge that progress has been weak and insufficient. Sadly, as a result of not meeting our climate and broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments, natural hazards that could have been prevented have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and forced the involuntary displacement of millions of people”
9. Wide shot, Mohammed at podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Nothing erodes sustainable development like disasters, which can often destroy decades of progress in minutes. The failure to identify, prevent and reduce risks before they manifest as disasters not only places the Sustainable Development Goals in jeopardy — it affects the most vulnerable people in the world first and worst.”
11. Wide shot, Mohammed at podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Managing risk is not an option. It’s a global imperative, a commitment. And it belongs to each and every one of us. Let us endeavor to make this a reality.”
13. Wide shot, Mohammed leaving podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR):
“As risks are left unattended, disasters are materializing faster, surpassing our ability to cope, with increasingly dire consequences for people, livelihoods, society, and the ecosystems on which we depend. The imperative to realize the outcome, goal, and targets of the Sendai Framework is more important today than ever before.”
15. Wide shot, Mizutori at podium
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR):
“We do know better, and we can and must do more. We cannot choose a path of timidity, maintaining business as usual. To do so presents us with threats that not only jeopardize sustainable development but also our very existence.”
17. Wide shot, Mizutori at podium
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR):
“The time is now. Let us rise to the occasion, apply what we have learned, and ensure risk-informed decision-making, investment, and behavior in all societies so that current and future generations have a future filled not with fear, but with hope.”
19. Wide shot, Mizutori leaving podium
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Mwanahamisi Singano, activist, Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism Women and Gender Stakeholder Group and Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO):
“Dear Leaders, having a framework is a great milestone, but having this framework implemented in full and by all stakeholders is critical for our shared humanity. My personal concern is, we will not be able to fully implement the Sendai Framework and other agreed frameworks if we constantly choose to do what is easy.”
21. Wide shot, Singano at podium
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Mustafa Kemal Kilinç, Türkiye Earthquake Survivor:
“Some of the places from my childhood memories no longer exist. I am here today because our building did not collapse. This is because our contractor had applied high standards to make our building earthquake resistant. Nevertheless, we couldn’t go back to our home. The aftershocks were continuing, basic services like water and electricity were not available. So, we lived in our car for a week. We were seven people.”
23. Wide shot, Kilinç at podium
STORYLINE
The UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to renew commitment and accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) up to 2030.

Adopted by 187 Member States in 2015, the Sendai Framework is the global framework for reducing disaster deaths and destruction.

Eight years into its implementation, many of the past disaster lessons seem to have been ignored as a Report on the Findings and Recommendations of the Midterm Review (MTR) of the Sendai Framework found that progress has stalled and, in some cases, reversed.

Addressing the high-level meeting on the MTR of the Sendai Framework today (18 May), Csaba Kőrösi, President of the UN General Assembly, said, “Starting today, let us ensure our choices are planet-smart and people-centered.”

He stressed, “Disasters know no borders. They are also connected – to each other and to us, through our actions and inactions.”

Among the troubling reversals is that there has been an 80 percent increase in the number of people affected by disasters since 2015.

Moreover, the costs of disasters remain high, with an average above US$ 330 billion per year between 2015 and 2021, which is estimated to be significantly undervalued.

And at the same time, there has been no commensurate increase in DRR funding.

Also addressing the High-Level meeting, Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, said, “We must acknowledge that progress has been weak and insufficient. Sadly, as a result of not meeting our climate and broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments, natural hazards that could have been prevented have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and forced the involuntary displacement of millions of people.”

While progress has been made in implementing the Sendai Framework adoption in 2015, no country is on track to achieve the outcome and goal by 2030.

Failure to implement the Sendai Framework, to reduce risk in social, economic, and environmental systems, renders impossible the attainment of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other intergovernmental agreements and conventions, including the Paris Agreement, and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

Amina J. Mohammed noted, “Nothing erodes sustainable development like disasters, which can often destroy decades of progress in minutes. The failure to identify, prevent and reduce risks before they manifest as disasters not only places the Sustainable Development Goals in jeopardy — it affects the most vulnerable people in the world first and worst.”

She stressed, “Managing risk is not an option. It’s a global imperative, a commitment. And it belongs to each and every one of us. Let us endeavor to make this a reality.”

Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR, explained, “As risks are left unattended, disasters are materializing faster, surpassing our ability to cope, with increasingly dire consequences for people, livelihoods, society, and the ecosystems on which we depend. The imperative to realize the outcome, goal, and targets of the Sendai Framework is more important today than ever before.”

The understanding of the economic, social, political, and ecological drivers of risk is improving, but meaningful governance transformations are still needed to enable cross-sector, trans-disciplinary disaster risk management and prevention efforts.

Risk knowledge must be systematically incorporated into decision-making, governance, investments, and behaviours.

In doing so, countries can shape more risk-informed, resilient, and inclusive development pathways

The Special Representative said, “We do know better, and we can and must do more. We cannot choose a path of timidity, maintaining business as usual. To do so presents us with threats that not only jeopardize sustainable development but also our very existence.”

She concluded, “The time is now. Let us rise to the occasion, apply what we have learned, and ensure risk-informed decision-making, investment, and behavior in all societies so that current and future generations have a future filled not with fear, but with hope.”

Mwanahamisi Singano, activist at the Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism Women and Gender Stakeholder Group and Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), also addressed the Assembly and said, “Dear Leaders, having a framework is a great milestone, but having this framework implemented in full and by all stakeholders is critical for our shared humanity. My personal concern is, we will not be able to fully implement the Sendai Framework and other agreed frameworks if we constantly choose to do what is easy.”

At the High-Level meeting, also attended Mustafa Kemal Kilinç, a Türkiye earthquake survivor, who talked about his experience.

He said, “Some of the places from my childhood memories no longer exist. I am here today because our building did not collapse. This is because our contractor had applied high standards to make our building earthquake resistant. Nevertheless, we couldn’t go back to our home. The aftershocks were continuing, basic services like water and electricity were not available. So, we lived in our car for a week. We were seven people.”
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