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Transcript
Briefing by the Director of the Secretariat
Sálvano Briceño
www.unisdr.org
IATF-6 24-25 October 2002
Disaster risk reduction is gaining
momentum within and outside the
UN:
• recent major disasters- floods in
Europe and Asia, drought in Southern
Africa
• increased vulnerability, environmental
degradation and threat posed by
climate change
• outcome of World Summit on
Sustainable Development (WSSD)
• UN Reform Proposal by the S-G and
discussion at Senior Management
Group (introduced by Mr. Oshima)
Since last IATF - six months
Major developments,
Secretariat consolidation
-Office move to Palais des Nations,
staff changes
-’Living with Risk’ -first phase of
global review of disaster reduction
-Outcome of WSSD: Plan of
implementation and partnerships
-New inter-agency agreements (UNDP,
OCHA signed… UNEP and ProVention
Consortium underway….)
-ISDR Support Group and updated
workplan 2002-2003
The strategic workplan: builds on the
added value of the ISDR Secretariat
Provides a common platform, hub in the
web of actors, to develop coherence and
guidance in the field of disaster risk
reduction – bring stakeholders together.
International support role, focusing on
• Coordination (focal point for disaster
reduction within UN)
• Advocacy and awareness raising
• Information collection and sharing
Produce value-added outputs
ISDR Secretariat priorities
2002-2003 focus on:
Strategic
priorities-
•
Strengthen
institutional and
political position
it, we won’t
exist”
•
Resources
•
Build partnerships
I “If we don’t do
II
Ongoing-
• Service IATF
“Must do”
• Awareness activities
• El Niño and early warning
III
To-do
priorities“We should
really…”
• Monitoring, review &
assessment
• Information clearinghouse
• Regional outreach
I.- Strategic priorities:
Strengthen institutional &
political support
Raise the profile of disaster risk
reduction within the UN- and
beyond, linking to sustainable
development, climate change...
• ACHIEVED: WSSD results
and new mandate; SG report
on UN Reform; side-event in
COP-8 Climate Change (next
week in New Delhi)
• PRIORITY: Increase visibility
& commitment within and
outside the UN
I.- Strategic priorities:
Resources
Strengthen the resource base for
disaster reduction in general- and
the ISDR Trust Fund
•ACHIEVED: increased contributions
to Trust Fund; ISDR Support group.
• PRIORITY: target development
and environment funding, the
European Commission…
I.- Strategic priorities:
Build partnerships
Build strong coalition with UNDP &
ProVention and gradually others,
to influence development
• ACHIEVED: MoUs with UNDP and OCHA;
joint initiative with UN-HABITAT to
address urban and local authority risk
management
• PRIORITIES: MoUs with UNEP (Africa),
ProVention (IFRC & WB), WMO (El NiñoCIIFEN); DESA; UNESCO…; support
WSSD Type 2 partnerships
II.- Ongoing work:
Support and service the InterAgency Task Force for Disaster
Reduction
• RECURRENT: meetings twice a
year, service and support IATF and
working groups, facilitate
coordination…
• PRIORITY: review of the work of
the IATF/DR for GA/58 with a view
to increase profile and visibility of
the Task Force for greater impact
in the UN system and beyond
II.- Ongoing work:
Awareness activities (link
more to education)
• ACHIEVED: developed
children’s game with
UNICEF (in LAC); Radio
soap-opera on how to
prepare for Hurricanes
• RECURRENT: annual
awareness campaigns and
International Day for
Disaster reduction (Links
to Mountains 2002 &
Freshwater 2003)
• annual UN-Sasakawa
Award on Disaster
Reduction
UN-Sasakawa Award 2003 – on
the International Day for Disaster
Reduction
Awardee: Prof. Sergueï Balassanian, Armenia, AASPEI
Certificates: M.S. Rahman, Bangladesh Dist. Prepdnss. Centre
•F. Teixeira, Mozambique Red Cross
•Emergency Monitoring and Forecasting
Agency, Russian Federation
•United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in
Guatemala
•Cruz Vermelha de Timor Leste in East
Timor
•Lt. Colonel Abbu Darwish, Jordan
II.- Ongoing work:
Strengthen El Niño & early
warning int’l cooperation
•ACHIEVED: with Ecuador and WMO
established planning committee and first
workplan for CIIFEN
• PRIORITIES: Launching of the
International Research Center on
El Niño in Guayaquil
• Development of EW Programme
and support 2nd Int’l Early
Warning Conf. 2003 (Germany)
III.- “To-do” priorities:
Consolidate monitoring,
review and assessment
capacities
• ACHIEVED: Preliminary version
Living with Risk: A global review
of disaster reduction initiatives.
• PRIORITIES: Final version early
2003; develop assessment
methodology (with UNDP);
• Ten-year review of Yokohama
Plan of Action for a Safer World
2003-2004
III.- “To-do” priorities :
Information clearinghouse
• ACHIEVED: Initiated
improvement of ISDR contact
database, library and web-sites
• PRIORITY: Lay the ground for
an international “observatory on
disaster reduction”, inter-agency
in scope
Information Clearinghouse for Disaster
Reduction
(International Observatory on Disaster Reduction)
1
INFORMATION
SYSTEM
(Phase 1)
NETWORKING
2
SPECIALIZED
LIBRARY
(with UN
Library)
3
WEBSITE
4
PUBLICATIONS
And
NETWORKING
Strengthen regional outreach:
in close collaboration with UNDP and OCHA
advisors, and other regional partners
ACHIEVED:
PRIORITIES:
• office in Africa
(with UNEP &
UNDP & support
of UNOPS);
• disaster reduction
information facility in
Africa;
• new partnerships
in LAC, with
UNICEF for
education, & UNHABITAT & ECLAC
for risk reduction
methodologies.
• increased collaboration
with regional initiatives in
Asia & Europe (with
UNDP, OCHA, EC, ADPC,
ADRC, SOPAC & others);
• strengthen ongoing
collaboration in LAC
Financial situation 2002-03
2002
2003
Budget
Income and
pledges
Budget
Pledges
Core
2,508,600
1,801,435
2,600,000
1,071,429
Outreach
1,479,170
1,383,868
2,000,000
791,290
TOTAL
3,987,770
3,185,303
4,600,000
1,862,719
%
Coverage
79,88%
40,49 %
OUTSTANDING ISSUES TO DISCUSS
WITH IATF
•Follow-up to WSSD
•Review of implementation of
Yokohama Strategy and Plan of action
•Expected result of this review- a
global programme of action including
specific recommendations, guidelines
and methodologies for disaster risk
and vulnerability reduction