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Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

14–18 March 2015 | Sendai, Japan


Highlights for Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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

UNWCDRR-III 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.



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

Delegates from China examining the draft framework.

Delegates from the Philippines reviewing the draft framework.


Delegates from India consulting with P. K. Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, India.

Jafar Barmaki, Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN in Geneva (center), consulting with Peru.


L-R: Marion Williams, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the UN and other International Organizations in
Geneva, consulting with Co-Chair Päivi Kairamo, Finland

Delegates from Germany reviewing the draft framework.

Delegate from the UK with participants from the WMO.


Vivian Talash, Kenya, confers with her delegation in the Main Committee room.

Delegates from Japan and the US in informal consultations.

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

Amb. Takeshi Osuga, Japan, facilitated the adoption of the Sendai Declaration.

Amb. Kenichi Suganuma, Japan, facilitated of the Main Committee's adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030


Delegate from the US, addressed the Main Committee prior to the adoption of the Sendai
Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Co-Chair Päivi Kairamo, Finland, gaveled the adoptions of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
2015-2030 and Sendai Declaration.

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