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I am very excited to share that UNDRR's Strategic Framework 2022-2025, which was honed with invaluable inputs from UN Member States, UN partners and other stakeholders is now available here. UNDRR's vision is of a world where disaster risks no longer threaten the well-being of people and the future of the planet, and our mission is to provide leadership to accelerate global efforts in disaster risk reduction. Over the next four years, UNDRR will provide enhanced support to Member States to reduce risk, and accelerate risk-informed development pathways, against multiple complex risks, to prevent disasters and ensure sustainable development.

Our four strategic objectives focus on use of quality risk information and analysis; strengthening disaster risk governance; catalysing investment through stakeholder engagement and partnership; mobilizing governments and other stakeholders through advocacy and knowledge sharing. We will enable this through strengthening our organizational performance.

This Strategic Framework sets out our goals and activity focus for the period 2022-2025. UNDRR will prioritize four "accelerators" or areas of work requiring focused attention to accelerate Sendai Framework implementation and achieve greater impact:

  1. Generating robust evidence, innovation and good practices on risk to inform decision-making processes

  2. Accelerating financing for DRR and de-risking investment

  3. Scaling up communication and public advocacy for building highest political traction and commitment to DRR

  4. Integrating the DRR agenda with the climate agenda

It is worth highlighting the inclusion here of communication and public advocacy as we seek to bring greater visibility to what success looks like when disaster risk reduction is done well.



I used the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the Sendai Framework on 18 March, to recall how UN Member States included health and biological hazards in the Sendai Framework as a key area of focus. Unfortunately, five years later COVID-19 arrived, and few countries had equipped themselves to deal with it.

The pandemic has dwarfed all other major disasters experienced so far this century including the Somalia famine, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and the Haiti earthquake.

That list could also include the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami ten years ago which was the costliest disaster on record before the arrival of the pandemic. The 11th March anniversary was an occasion to draw attention to the fact that 680 million people live below ten metres above sea-level putting them at risk from the deadliest of all sudden onset disasters.

The world is fast approaching a stage when the impacts of systemic risk and disasters could surpass our ability to manage them. Proactive risk reduction and international cooperation are essential in the existential struggle we face to secure a sustainable and resilient future. International cooperation will be the focus of this year’s Sendai Seven Campaign as we promote Sendai Framework Target (f) which seeks to "substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of the present Framework by 2030."

Given the enormous death toll and economic hardship associated with the pandemic, it will require an herculean effort in the implementation of national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction over the next ten years to achieve other Sendai targets on reducing risk and disaster losses including reducing global disaster mortality, reducing the number of affected people and reducing direct disaster economic loss.

A key element of focus now in relation to bringing the pandemic under control must be vaccine equity, recognizing that immunization from COVID-19 is a global public good. The unfolding tragedy around the globe is proof that no one is safe until we are all vaccinated.


The 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) will be hosted by Indonesia in Bali, 23-28 May 2022. It follows on from the 2019 Global Platform that took place in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Global Platform represents the next important opportunity for the international community to share experiences, take stock of progress and boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework and related Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, as well as commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. The proceedings and outcomes will be a major contribution to the mid-term review of the Sendai Framework in 2023.

The overall theme of GP2022 is: From Risk to Resilience: Towards Sustainable Development for All in a COVID-19 Transformed World. There are three suggested main themes: Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance to Address Systemic Risk; Social and Economic Recovery From COVID-19 for All; Financing for DRR and Risk-Informed Investments and Development.

The Global Platform will kick-off with two preparatory days, followed by three main days featuring a formal and informal programme. A call for applications to participate in Organizing Teams for High-Level Dialogues and Thematic Sessions will be shared in early June.

In October, additional information on the format of the GP2022 programme and opportunities to engage, including side events and the Innovation Platform, as well as GP2022 format and registration details will be made available. My thanks to representatives from the host country, Indonesia, and many other Member States, stakeholders, and the UN system for their inputs to date.

For additional information on the GP2022 preparations please contact the GP2022 Secretariat at



As you read our Strategic Framework, you will notice a renewed focus on gender.

The term 'shadow pandemic' has been used to describe the fact that across every sphere, from health to the economy, from security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex. COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the need for a more gender-responsive and inclusive approach to disaster risk reduction.

That was my main takeaway from an online discussion "Learning from COVID-19 to strengthen gender-responsive Disaster Risk Reduction" hosted by UNDRR, Norad, UN Women, UNFPA, Australian Aid and WIN DRR, and attended by over 250 participants.