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Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

14–18 March 2015 | Sendai, Japan


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Eriko Yamatani, WCDRR President, gavels the meeting to a close at 12.25 am.

UNWCDRR-III Wednesday, 18 March 2015

On Wednesday morning, delegates reconvened in the Main Committee’s informal session to continue negotiations of the draft text of the post-2015 framework for DRR, after all-night meetings of the two informal working groups on climate change and international cooperation, and on technology transfer and other issues. Negotiations in the Main Committee continued through the day.

8:58 am : A cleaned-up version of the draft text is prepared, indicating language delivered by the two working groups.

10:20 am : The Main Committee convenes and the text is circulated to delegates for their review.

10:50 am: The Main Committee resumes its discussion of the draft, which includes language on issues including means of implementation (MOI), technology transfer and conflict situations.

11:15 am: The Main Committee continues its discussions through lunchtime, breaking twice for delegations to clarify an issue related to technology transfer, and for the secretariat to address a technical transcription matter.

12:45 pm: Discussions in Main Committee continue as the closing plenary is postponed.

2:10 pm: The Main Committee discusses priorities for action under the draft post-2015 framework for DRR.

3:15 pm: Secretariat announces the closing ceremony is postponed to 6 pm as discussions continue in Main Committee.

5:10 pm: Main Committee adjourns its informal session for 45 minutes to allow time for host country to prepare a "facilitator's text" and political declaration for adoption. Plenary is postponed to 7:00 pm.

6:30 pm: Host country continues with drafting facilitator's text, Main Committee to reconvene in one hour.

7:00 pm: Delegates continue the wait for the host country's proposed text.

9:00 pm: Proposed text is distributed to Main Committee for review.

9:34 pm: Main Committee reconvenes to discuss President's proposal for Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 and the draft Sendai Declaration.

10:16 pm: Main Committee convenes formally and recommends adoption of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, the Sendai Declaration and a draft resolution welcoming stakeholders' expression of voluntary commitments to reduce disaster risk, and invites the creation of partnerships to implement the post-2015 framework for DRR.

10:29 pm: Main Committee adjourns to the Exhibition Hall for closing plenary of the third UN World Conference on DRR.

11:44 pm Closing plenary convenes, accepts Main Committee's recommendation and adopts the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, the draft Sendai Declaration and a draft resolution welcoming stakeholders' commitments.

12:25 am: Eriko Yamatani, Minister of State for Disaster Management, Japan, gavels #WCDRR to a close.

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Closing Plenary


L-R: Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); Eriko Yamatani,
WCDRR President; Ion Botnaru, Secretary of the Conference; and Toni Frisch, Rapporteur-General

Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR, delivering her closing statement.

Toni Frisch, Rapporteur-General


Emiko Okuyama, Mayor of Sendai, Japan

Dais at the close of WCDRR plenary.

Thank you and goodbye Sendai were the sentiments of participants at the close of WCDRR.

Main Committee Room

WCDRR Main Committee Co-Chairs Päivi Kairamo, Finland and Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Negotiations at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) gathered pace on Tuesday in Sendai, Japan, as delegates worked in two informal drafting groups aiming to finalize the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for adoption at the end of the conference on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a high-level partnership dialogue took place in the morning on “Inclusive DRM: Governments, Communities and Groups,” and a ministerial roundtable convened on public investment strategies for DRR in the afternoon. Several working sessions also took place on food security and disaster-resilient agriculture, children and youth, and the participation of persons with disabilities in inclusive DRR.

Country delegations continued their delivery of formal statements in a general exchange of views that addressed disaster impacts and DRR strategies, development of legislative frameworks, and education as a key component of national DRR strategies, among other issues. In the evening, the Sasakawa Award ceremony recognized achievements by individuals and organizations in the field of DRR, followed by a cocktail reception at the conference venue.

The two Main Committee working groups, one focusing on climate change and international cooperation, and the other on technology transfer and other issues, continued discussions into the night.

In the evening, the contact groups on the rules of procedure, the work programme and budget took place.

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WCDRR delegates in informal consultations.


Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, delivering his keynote address at the High-level Partnership Dialogue on Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

Dais at the working session on Food Security, Disaster-resilient Agriculture and Nutrition

View of the dais during the Children and Youth side event.

View of the ministerial roundtable on public investment strategies for disaster risk reduction.

View of the working session on proactive participation of persons with disabilities in inclusive disaster risk reduction

Allan Lavell, Costa Rica, 2015 Sasakawa Award Laureate for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Monday, 16 March 2015

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction continued its deliberations with two ministerial roundtables taking place on “Governing Disaster Risk: Overcoming Challenges” and “Reducing Disaster Risk in Urban Settings.” A high-level partnership dialogue convened in the afternoon, on “Risk-sensitive Investment: Public-private Partnerships.”

Working sessions addressed several topics, including resilient tourism, and preparing for disaster-induced relocation. The World Bank, the Government of Japan and partners hosted a special round of the Resilience Dialogue series, exploring how to scale up and sustain funding and implementation of disaster and climate risk programs to advance post-2015 resilience goals. In the evening, two separate award ceremonies took place, recognizing achievements in DRR and documentary film.

After a full day of “informal informals,” the Main Committee reconvened at the end of the afternoon, aiming to clean up the text as far as possible so as to leave time for discussion of the proposed political declaration. Several edits to the text were agreed, but the issues of international cooperation, technology transfer, a reference to human rights and the right to development, as well as common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) remained unresolved by early evening. Discussions continued into the night.

In the evening, the contact groups on the rules of procedure, the work programme and budget took place.

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Youth participants from Indonesia at WCDRR


Speakers from the Resilience Dialogue with Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Claus Sørensen, Director-General, DG EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO); Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP); P. K. Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, India; Isshu Sugawara, State Minister of Finance, Japan; Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice-President and Special Envoy for Climate Change; and Thomas Staal, Assistant Administrator, USAID

View of the meeting room with resilience dialogue VIPs

View of the ministerial roundtable on governing disaster risks.

L-R: Jorge Alberto Angulo Ruiz, National Director of Protection, Ministry of Tourism, Cuba; Filomena Nelson, Disaster Management Office, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa; Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Moderator Veronica Pedrosa, Media Correspondent; Carolyn Thompson, Director, Education, Research and Training, Australian Emergency Management Institute; Masato Takamatsu, Managing Director and Chief Research Officer, Japan Tourism Marketing Company; Jayne Macdougall, Director, Risk Management and Loss Prevention, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort; and Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development Programme, UN World Tourism Organization

Panel during the working session on disaster-induced relocation with Sanjula Weerasinghe, Research Associate, Institute for the Study of
International Migration, Georgetown University: William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration; Moderator,
Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed, Former Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan; Alexander Pama, Under-Secretary,
National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, the Philippines; Walter Kaelin, Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, Nansen
Initiative Secretariat; and Elena Correa, Independent Expert

View of the ministerial roundtable on reducing disaster risk in urban settings.

View of the dais during the High-Level Partnership Dialogue on Risk-sensitive Investment: Public-Private Partnerships

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Sandra Wu, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Kokusai Kogyo and Chair of UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group and Private Sector Partnership

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Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


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Sunday, 15 March 2015

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) continued its deliberations on Sunday with ministerial roundtables, several working sessions, and negotiations of the text of the post-2015 framework for DRR.

Ministers met at two roundtable events, on “Reconstructing After Disasters: Build Back Better” in the morning, and on “International Cooperation in Support of a Post-2015 Framework for DRR” in afternoon. Throughout the day, country delegations delivered statements in a general exchange of views, while many other events organized by and for the DRR community took place in and around the meeting venue, including a presentation of the recently launched 2015 Global Assessment Report on DRR.

The Main Committee discussed text on international cooperation on DRR and the seven proposed global DRR targets, making some progress in informal sessions, and continuing deliberations late into the evening.

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Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction,
in a media interview.


View of the ministerial roundtable on reconstructing after disasters.

Dais at the working session on Global Risk Trends with Shinichi Takemura, Professor and Director, Earth Literacy Programme; Priyanthi
Fernando
, Executive Director, Center for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka; Andrew Maskrey, Chief Risk Knowledge Section, UNISDR; Michelle
Gyles-McDonnough
, UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia, (Moderator); Omar Dario Cardona, Representative INGENIAR and CIMNE and
Professor, National University of Colombia; Allan Lavell, Coordinator, Programme for Environmental and Disaster Risk, Latin America Social
Science Faculty; and Ilan Noy, Professor, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand

The ministerial roundtable on international cooperation in support of a post-2015 framework for DRR was held on Sunday afternoon.

Panelists discussed global developments in applying science and technology to DRR decision-making.

View of the session on reducing the risk of epidemics and pandemics

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opened today in Sendai, Japan, attended by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, around 20 Heads of State and Government, and many country delegations, and 8,000 participants. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, and many other dignitaries addressed the Conference.

Delegates at the opening plenary elected Eriko Yamatani, Minister of State for Disaster Management, Japan, as conference president. Yamatani noted that the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) has functioned as an effective guideline since its adoption, but that some gaps remain to be addressed in a strong post-2015 framework on DRR. Secretary-General Ban urged all concerned to ensure an ambitious outcome at the WCDRR. Prime Minister Abe announced Japan’s contribution of US$4 billion for the Sendai Cooperation Initiative for DRR, which will focus on institution-building, material assistance and the promotion of regional cooperation. Laurent Fabius, incoming president of the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21), launched an appeal to assist the most vulnerable through a “Climate Disaster Warning” mechanism.

After the opening ceremony, delegates dealt with organizational matters and engaged in an exchange of views. Several high-level delegates emphasized the links between international discussions and negotiations on DRR, financing for development, climate and the post-2015 development agenda. In the afternoon, a high-level multi-stakeholder partnership dialogue on “Mobilizing women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction” convened, and several working sessions took place on topics including technological hazards, disaster risk transfer and insurance, and commitments to safe schools. Delegates agreed to form a Main Committee to negotiate and finalize the draft post-2015 framework on DRR, which met in the afternoon.

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Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at the opening ceremony of the third UN World
Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan


Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, handed over the conference gavel to Eriko Yamatani, Minister of State
for Disaster Management, Japan

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Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

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Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan


Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

Specific funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by UNISDR
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