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Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

14–18 March 2015 | Sendai, Japan


Highlights for Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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WCDRR delegates in informal consultations.

UNWCDRR-III 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.


High-level Partnership Dialogue on Inclusive Disaster Risk Management


Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, delivering his keynote address.

View of the room during the High-level Partnership Dialogue on Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

Laila Iskander, Minister of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements, Egypt

Carlos Kaiser Mansilla, ONG Inclusiva

Fatimatou Abdel Malick, Mayor of Tevragh-Zeina, Mauritania

Food Security, Disaster-resilient Agriculture and Nutrition

L-R: Dominique Burgeon, Director, Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa, Secretary General, Namibia Red Cross Society; David Farrell, Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology,
Mitiku Kassa Gutile, State Minister, Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector, Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia; Amir Abdulla,
Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP); Amb. Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh; James Oduor, Chief Executive Officer,
National Drought Management Agency, Kenya; and Makoto Kitanaka, Director-General, Agriculture and Rural Development, JICA

Dominique Burgeon, Director, Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, FAO

Amb. Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh


Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, WFP

Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa, Secretary General, Namibia Red Cross Society

Children and Youth: Don't Decide My Future Without Me

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

Anthony Lake, Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Youth

Mohammad Abdul Qayyum, National Project Director, Comprehensive Disaster Management Program, Bangladesh


Ministerial Roundtable on Public Investment Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction

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

L-R: Raed Arafat, Secretary of State, Department of Emergency Situations, Romania and Ziad
Mahmassani
, UNISDR Secretariat

Boronov Kubatbek, Minister of Emergency Situations, Kyrgyzstan

Myat Myat Ohn Khin, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Settlement, Myanmar


Gerson Martínez, Minister of Public Works, El Salvador


Proactive Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

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

Setareki Macanawai, Chair of the Pacific Disability Forum, Fiji

Monthian Buntan, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities



2015 Sasakawa Award


Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Yōhei Sasakawa, Chairman, Nippon Foundation


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

WCDRR Snapshots

WCDRR delegates were surprised and delighted to have received long stem roses courtesy of the Ecuadorean delegation.

Participants from the WCDRR Women Major Group.

WCDRR Ribbon tree, where delegates were invited to hang individual ribbons signifying their wishes for the
conference.
Specific funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by UNISDR
UNISDR

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