European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction: Rome Nov 2018

European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction: Rome Nov 2018

Postby salsinawi » Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:18 pm


European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR)
ROME 21-23 November 2018

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The biennial EFDRR has established itself as an important vehicle to address the regional challenges. It provides an opportunity to address such issues through cross-border leadership and solutions that can benefit the people and the countries of the region. EFDRR has been instrumental in creating innovative ways to address challenges i.e. the PEER Review. Hosting of the secretariat by UNISDR, European Commission and Council of Europe has facilitated stronger collaboration and coherence across the partners.
The EFDRR also serves as a forum for other stakeholders to take a shared responsibility and make real commitments to reduce disaster risk. The conference, true to the multi-stakeholder spirit of the Sendai Framework, enables governments and stakeholders to exchange experiences on successful practices and innovative approaches to prevent, reduce and manage disaster risk. This results in forward looking action plans based on a mutual sharing status of DRR implementation.
2018 EUROPEAN FORUM FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
This year’s EFDRR is built on the outcomes of the 2017 EFDRR held in Turkey, 2017 Global Platform for DRR held in Mexico and aims to address key issues that can move forward through in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in coherence with the SDGs and Paris Agreement.
At the closing session of the 2017 EFDRR, Italy as the new chair invited all European DRR actors to join the EFDRR session to be held in 2018, as an opportunity to continue the discussion on local level resilience, risk-economics and reaching 2020 priority targets.
While taking stock of the 2015-2020 European Roadmap for the implementation of the Sendai Framework, this year’s "open" forum will address some of the below topics amongst others:
a. engaging the market: making the economic case for DRR and sustainable financing; b. promoting coherence: using national DRR strategies for a coherent implementation of 2030 development agendas (Sendai Framework, SDGs, New Urban Agenda and Paris Agreement); c. addressing the Grey Rhino (recognize and act on obvious risks) and the Black Swan (unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence): from risk assessments to understanding and communicating risk; d. every life counts: inclusive and equality-based strategies; e. reducing risk to cultural heritage; f. understanding local challenges and opportunities; g. innovation and science: looking at technology needs for an effective DRR.
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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is the new 15-year agreement to manage disaster risk adopted at the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction endorsed by the UN General Assembly through Resolution 69/283. The Sendai Framework is innovative in its clear shift from managing disasters to managing risks. It was developed to build on and ensure continuity with the work carried out by countries and other stakeholders under the aegis of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (2005) and previous instruments such as the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (1999), the Yokohama Strategy for a Safer World (1994) and the International Framework of Action for the international Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (1989).
Key innovations include a clear statement that aims at managing disaster risk in development across sectors, an emphasis on addressing the underlying drivers of disaster risk and a clear expected outcome
focused on reducing risk and not only losses. The Framework has an expanded scope that encompasses additional disaster risks which were not sufficiently discussed or explicitly mentioned previously, such as bio-hazards and small-scale and slow-onset disaster risk.
With one goal centered on preventing the creation of new risk, reducing existing risk and strengthening resilience as well as seven global targets to measure success, thirteen guiding principles and four new priority areas, the Framework provides a clear set of measures and a path for a successful achievement of the expected outcome. The Framework also recognizes and articulates the critical role and shared responsibilities of stakeholders in achieving the outcome. The structure specifies the focus of actions at local and national levels versus regional and global levels. Finally, a number of measures are aimed at strengthening accountability for disaster risk creation and in the management of disaster risk.
Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is the new 15-year agreement to manage disaster risk adopted at the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction endorsed by the UN General Assembly through Resolution 69/283. The Sendai Framework is innovative in its clear shift from managing disasters to managing risks. It was developed to build on and ensure continuity with the work carried out by countries and other stakeholders under the aegis of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (2005) and previous instruments such as the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (1999), the Yokohama Strategy for a Safer World (1994) and the International Framework of Action for the international Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (1989).
Key innovations include a clear statement that aims at managing disaster risk in development across sectors, an emphasis on addressing the underlying drivers of disaster risk and a clear expected outcome
focused on reducing risk and not only losses. The Framework has an expanded scope that encompasses additional disaster risks which were not sufficiently discussed or explicitly mentioned previously, such as bio-hazards and small-scale and slow-onset disaster risk.
With one goal centered on preventing the creation of new risk, reducing existing risk and strengthening resilience as well as seven global targets to measure success, thirteen guiding principles and four new priority areas, the Framework provides a clear set of measures and a path for a successful achievement of the expected outcome. The Framework also recognizes and articulates the critical role and shared responsibilities of stakeholders in achieving the outcome. The structure specifies the focus of actions at local and national levels versus regional and global levels. Finally, a number of measures are aimed at strengthening accountability for disaster risk creation and in the management of disaster risk.

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is the focal point in the United Nations system, coordinating disaster risk reduction and ensuring synergies among the relevant activities of United Nations agencies and regional organisations, and related activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields. UNISDR’s role is to support the implementation, follow-up and review of the Sendai Framework, including by fostering coherence with other international instruments, such as the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs as well as Paris Agreement on climate change. As such, UNISDR champions and supports the integration of disaster risk management across different areas of work of the United Nations and of its Members States as well as among a broad range of key stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society.

Registration and badging All participants will require a badge to enter the conference venue. There will be a badge pick-up area located at the entrance of the venue. This area offers direct access to the conference premises. Early badge pick-up is encouraged to avoid queues. The main registration area will be open from 21-23 November 08:00-17:00.
Accessibility The 2018 EFDRR venue is well equipped for persons with disabilities. The facilities include lifts and ramps. Italian Sign Language interpretation will be provided for main sessions.
Technology The 2018 EFDRR offers free WIFI internet access in all areas of the conference venue.

FORMAT The 2018 EFDRR is structured around the following types of sessions:
Partner lead events 5 events coordinated by partners of EFDRR will be held on 21 November.
High Level Roundtable Organised by invitation, the High Level Roundtable will take place with the aim of tackling key issues and sharing national experiences.
Plenaries Plenaries, as the opening and closing ceremonies, will be broadcast in streaming on the Department of Civil Protection website and on the Forum website. Four multi-stakeholder plenaries will welcome contributions from Governments, stakeholder groups, UN partners, the private sector, national platforms for disaster risk reduction and regional organisations. Priority will be given to country experiences, case studies and success stories in implementing the Sendai Framework, in order to encourage the exchange and replication of previously tested successful practices by other countries. Plenaries will focus on critical strategic and political aspects of disaster risk reduction requiring particular attention and actions by countries to meet the Sendai Framework targets and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Working sessions The 9 working sessions will address the technical aspects of disaster risk reduction as highlighted by the Sendai Framework. The working sessions will build on topics for discussion that emerged from extensive consultation. Working sessions are expected to generate partnerships for action, including an update and accounting of stakeholders’ voluntary commitments, concrete technical recommendations in the particular area discussed and a specific action plan for the coming years in support of Sendai Framework implementation.
Ceremonies and receptions Several ceremonies and receptions will take place during the 2018 EFDRR.
The “Damin Čemerin award for Local Change” will highlight individuals or institutions ranging from educators, entrepreneurs and community leaders that are recognized for the work they are doing to improve their communities in terms of building resilience to disasters.
To foster local resilience, cities and local governments that have recently joined the “Making Cities Resilient” Campaign will receive their certificates on 22nd November.
A reception hosted by 2018 EFDRR Chair, Italy, will take place after the official programme on the 22nd November.
FORMAT

OFFICIAL PROGRAMME Agenda for 21 November 2018
OFFICIAL PROGRAMME – 21 NOVEMBER 2018
REGISTRATION 08:00-17:00
Training on Sendai Framework Monitoring 09:30-11:30 (for National Sendai Framework focal points) Auditorium
COFFEE BREAK
Meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States 12:00-13:30 (by invitation only) Room P
Training on Sendai Framework Monitoring 12:00-13:30 (for National Sendai Framework focal points) Auditorium
LUNCH 13:30-14:30
ResCult-increasing resilience of cultural heritage 14:30-17:30 Room A
MasterClass-local government peer review 14:30-17:30 Room Pininfarina
Implementation of capacity development for SFDRR 14:30-17:30 Auditorium
TARGET A
Meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (by invitation) Room P 12:00-13:30 No translation available Sendai Monitoring Process requires the Member States to report on disaster losses by using a set of indicators to measure progress of the global targets. However each country has its own understanding (by risk perception, legislation, cultural aspects, behavior, capacity, etc.) of what disaster means and what are the qualitative and/or quantitative measures to define the disaster. This aspect may influence the quality of data and the outcome of the Sendai Framework Monitoring Process. The session is designed to look for practical aspects on how to increase the availability, accessibility and quality of data, applied criteria to define disaster situations and use of disaster loss database. The session is devoted to look for regional experience, share practices and knowledge to find common interest for cooperation.
Training on Sendai Framework Monitoring (for National Sendai Framework focal points) Auditorium 09:30-13:30 Translation available in Russian
This session will gather the Sendai National focal points of 56 countries invited to the Forum, as well as other officials involved in the Sendai Monitoring Process. Organized around an open discussion, the session will present the latest developments of the Sendai Monitor online tool, an update of the reporting status within European countries, as well as an overview of the ongoing UNISDR projects on risk knowledge. The session will showcase several national cases regarding disaster loss data management and reporting processes, demonstrating how Member States structure their national collection and reporting processes.
ResCult-increasing resilience of cultural heritage Room A 14:30-17:30 No translation available The ResCult project (“Increasing resilience of cultural heritage: a supporting decision tool for the safeguarding of cultural assets”) is devoted to enhance the capability of Emergency Management Authorities and Operators to prevent and mitigate natural hazard impacts on cultural heritage. The project key outcome is the European Interoperable Database (EID), an on-line tool designed to provide a unique framework for different stakeholders (Civil Protection, Firefighters, Cultural Heritage Owners, Policy and Decision Makers and more) to support disaster risk reduction strategies planning and implementation.
MasterClass-local government peer review Room Pininfarina 14:30-17:30 No translation available To support cities in developing resilience strategies, the EU-funded Uscore2 project has designed and tested a generic, practical, city-to-city, disaster risk reduction peer review tool. This Masterclass workshop aims to present the results of the project and the mechanism for an independent and transparent assessment. It will emphasize the importance of city-to-city peer learning and sharing of best practices. Based on their experience gained through the project, local governments will showcase how the tool can assist cities with the challenge of strengthening their implementation of disaster risk reduction.
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