Sendai Framework National Focal Points from 39 Europe
and Central Asia member states met this week to discuss
strategic priorities for 2021, as well as take stock of
resilience efforts in the region as countries dealt with
the historic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the topics covered were experiences from member states
on the impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic; progress
toward Sendai Target E on the implementation and financing of
national DRR strategies; the Sendai Framework monitoring process;
and EU initiatives and other projects in the broader European region.
In addition, a key focus of member state deliberations was the
upcoming European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR), to
be held on 24-26 November 2021 in Matosihnos, Portugal. Member
states discussed the reparatory process and key conference priorities.
It is envisioned that the EFDRR will focus on the following
three main topics:
a: COVID-19 Lessons Learned, looking at how communities are coping
with the pandemic; cascading risks; the importance of technology
to be more prepared to respond to risks; vulnerable populations;
Target E and inclusion of Biological hazards in DRR; resilience
of supply chains; and the capacity to change systems in order to
build institutional capacities to change systems and to build resilience.
b: SFDRR Implementation, which will address the resilience of
Critical Infrastructure; Sustainable Finance; Nature-based
Solutions; lessons learned from countries on measuring the effectiveness
of taken measures towards Sendai Framework implementation; Disaster
Loss Data collection and its importance to improve investments in
prevention; Target E; Technological disasters; Private Sector’s
role and the value of SMEs; the importance of local resilience.
c: Building Resilience, which will focus on building a culture of
resilience: education for a whole-of-society approach and engagement;
Hybrid threats and cyber threats; Challenges of compound events; Good
examples of resilient technology infrastructure, multi-hazard risk
assessment; the importance of sound risk analysis, local resilience
and climate change-related impacts and resilience, disaster displacement,
building stronger cooperation and collaboration networks to deal with
Discussions also focused on the EFDRR RoadMap 2021-2030, which forms
the backbone for coordinated implementation of SFDRR and related SDGs
targets. The final draft of the RoadMap will be shared with all 55
Members for their final review and approval in October 2021.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe
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