UN/ISDR Releases Response to Rio+20 Zero Draft

March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a statement in response to the “zero draft” of the Outcome Document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The statement notes that economic losses from disasters are increasing and that the zero draft does not yet reflect some substantive issues of sustainable development.

The two-page statement explains that the observations and suggestions are drawn from lessons learned in implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. The statement calls for a bold vision, stressing that a sustainable development framework must include a clear understanding of the risk of natural hazards, together with practical measures to reduce this risk.

The statement also underscores that the post-2015 UN sustainable development agenda can be “strengthened through more explicit commitment to risk management and clear targets for resilience,” and calls for “courage” to prioritize DRR and resilience. [UN/ISDR Statement on Zero Draft of the Rio+20 Outcome Document]