UNISDR Annual Report Highlights Growth in DRR Financing

18 July 2012: The Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released its 2011 Annual Report, which highlights increases in financing and country efforts towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) worldwide.

The Annual Report provides an overview of progress against UNISDR's four strategic objectives for 2010-2011: acceptance and application of DRR for climate change adaptation; increased investment in DRR; disaster-resilient cities, schools and hospitals; and a strengthened international system for DRR. The report stresses that the 2010/2011 biennium saw a 20% increase in contributions to the UN Trust Fund for Disaster Reduction compared to the previous biennium, including contributions from new donor countries.

The report also highlights: the preparations for the launch of consultations on the post-2015 DRR framework, to replace the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (HFA); the 2011 “Global Assessment Report on DRR: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development," which documents the state of disaster risk and progress on DRR; and the release of the special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). Both the Global Assessment Report and SREX link disaster risk with poverty and climate variability.

The report also covers activities under the 2010-11 World Disaster Reduction Campaign: Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready! which was launched on 30 May 2010 at ICLEI's Resilient Cities 2010: 1st World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. The Campaign developed a ten-point checklist for local governments derived from HFA priorities, supported by a Local Government Self-Assessment Tool that was developed and tested during 2011. The report also describes the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Reconstruction Conference, held jointly in May 2011. The event, which was opened for the first time by the UN Secretary-General and chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary-General, focused on the theme “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow – Increase in Local Action,” and saw a doubling of attendance levels over previous years. [UNISDR Press Release] [Publication: 2011 Annual Report] [Related Links] [UNISDR Website]