Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is a resounding success
On 18 March 2015, representatives from 187 UN member States adopted the < a href="">Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015 - 2030, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action and the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda.

Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, said: “The adoption of this new framework for disaster risk reduction opens a major new chapter in sustainable development as it outlines clear targets and priorities for action which will lead to a substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health.

“Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction over the next 15 years will require strong commitment and political leadership and will be vital to the achievement of future agreements on sustainable development goals and climate later this year. As the UN Secretary-General said here on the opening day, sustainability starts in Sendai.”

Over 6,500 delegates, including over 25 Heads of State, Vice Presidents, and Heads of Government, attended the intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder events and over 40,000 attended the public forum. In addition, 42 intergovernmental organizations, 236 non-government organizations, 38 UN entities; and over 300 private sector representatives were in attendance.

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