Call for Action: Protecting Development from Disaster - post 2015

05 Feb 2014


It is an advocacy piece prepared by UNDP, UNICEF, Oxfam International and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). This document outlines the massive losses associated with disasters and emphasizes the need to include Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the post-2015 development agenda.

This advocacy piece stresses the importance of this message:

  • There can be no sustainable development without disaster risk reduction
  • Disaster Risk Reduction makes development sustainable
  • The post-2015 development framework offers an unparalleled opportunity to ensure that disaster risk is significantly reduced all over the world, especially for those most vulnerable
  • Disasters big and small devastate families, communities and nations
  • Every aspect of sustainable development is undermined by disasters, whether social, economic or environmental
  • Unchecked by the integration of risk into development, the impact of disasters will grow and grow. Development must be risk-proofed now, so as to prevent massive losses of life, livelihoods and growth in the future
  • Development is never disaster neutral: it creates, exacerbates or reduces risk. Disaster risk reduction is a no-regret investment that protects lives, property, schools, businesses and employment
  • Disaster risk reduction is a development issue. Making risk reduction a central component of the future development agenda is the only way to ensure that disasters do not derail development itself

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