Review of progress on Sendai targets

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BONN, 13 November, 2019: More than 75 participants from 358 countries met in Bonn, Germany last week to review the progress to date on the implementation and use of the Sendai Framework Monitor which allows countries to report on the achievements of the seven targets of the Sendai Framework, the global plan to reduce disaster losses by 2030. The Sendai Framework was adopted in Japan in 2015.

The 2019 Technical Forum on the 'Contribution of the Sendai Framework Monitoring (SFM) Process to Reducing the Risk of the Most Vulnerable', held from 5-7 November 2019 at the UN Campus in Bonn was organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) with the support of the Government of Germany.

This is the third time that such an annual technical forum was organized to review the progress made by countries to implement the Sendai Framework. So far 103 countries have started the monitoring process on disaster losses for 2018.

Participants identified urgent actions to accelerate the achievement of all Sendai Framework targets and in particular target (e) which aims at increasing the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.

"Disasters are key obstacles to sustainable development and are increasingly intensified by climate change" said Ricardo Mena, Chief of the Supporting and Monitoring Sendai Framework Implementation Branch of UNDRR in his welcome remarks.

Mr. Mena also mentioned that "Disasters exacerbated by climate change are the new reality" and "require that we act decisively and with greater ambition".

Speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Head of the Liaison Office for the UN Campus -- Bonn, Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Stefan Kruschke, acknowledged progress achieved so far and emphasized the complex challenges posed by natural and man-made hazards.

"Disasters create complex challenges, destroying human lives and dignity which require more action', Mr. Kruschke said.

The Sendai Framework targets and indicators also measure progress on three critical SDGs: Goal 1, end poverty in all its forms everywhere; Goal 11, make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and Goal 13, take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

The event in Bonn coincided with World Tsunami Awareness Day, which takes place each year on 5 November. The occasion for participants to further discuss the importance of target (d) of the Sendai Framework which was this year the main focus of the Day. Target (d) aims at reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

Speaking about the Tsunami Awareness day, Mr. Mena reminded the audience about how tsunami poses a real threat even for people living in countries far away from high tsunami risk zones because often these areas are popular tourist destinations, thus making the visitors vulnerable, especially given that they are less informed than the resident communities.