International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
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2006 - 2005 - 2004

January - 2004

ON THE ROAD TO KOBE, HYOGO World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR), Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, 18-22 January 2005 1st session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 1) for the WCDR

PrepCom 1 directly followed the IATF/DR meeting, attracting over 300 participants representing UN Member States and a number of UN agencies and programmes and NGOs. Documentation presented at PrepCom 1 is available on the ISDR website, with further details on the Conference to appear shortly on the WCDR website. A summary of the session compiled by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin is available at

National inputs for the WCDR - reminder
National reporting and inputs is an essential component in the lead up to and for the elaboration of outcomes of the WCDR. UN Member States are urged to participate and submit their inputs to the ISDR secretariat by 15 June 2004. Numerous countries have indicated their preparation of reports, with India being the first to submit its input to the secretariat.
For further information and the outline for national inputs, please refer to
For any enquiries relating to the Conference, please contact the WCDR Special Unit on

9th session of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction (IATF/DR)
During the 9th session (4-5 May, Geneva) the IATF/DR a panel discussion on the future challenges in the implementation of disaster risk reduction in relation to the WCDR was held, chaired by Under-Secretary General of Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland and other high-level representatives of WMO, UN University and the IFRC. A first draft of the review of the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action (adopted in 1994) was presented and recommendations were made for its refinementas well as for the development of WCDR programme outcomes. Implementation mechanisms at the national level were emphasized as being a key area for integration of disaster reduction within their "daily work". The IATF/DR work programme for 2004 was revised and new working groups on Africa and climate change and risk reduction were established. On-going work on risk, vulnerability and impact assessments, as well as urban risk assessment methodologies and challenges is continuing towards the establishment of networks, programmes and partnerships, similar to those of the wildland fire network and early warning platform.
Session records and related documents are available at

What is a GLIDE number?
The GLobal IDentifier number is a tool to promote a common code to identify disasters, issued by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology for Disasters (CRED) at the Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels and used by an increasing number of organizations interested in disasters. Their recent meeting reviewed progress in promoting the use of GLIDE numbers, in particular at the national level.
For more information about GLIDE, please refer to

2004 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction
T Nominations are still being accepted for the 2004 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction until 18 August. Join us in rewarding individuals and institutions from around the world who contributed, through innovative practices and outstanding initiatives, to reducing the risk and vulnerabilities of communities to natural hazards! To download the nomination form (available in English/French/Russian/Spanish), please refer to For further information on the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction, please refer to

Commission on Sustainable Development's 12th meeting (CSD-12) highlights the need for comprehensive approach to disasters
Held on 14-30 April in New York, CSD-12 commenced with a preparatory meeting for the ten-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States to be held in Mauritius in August-September 2004. A number of other items were addressed, with related documentation available at

On the Road to the Kobe World Conference: Latin American Experts from Health Sector, Prepare Disaster Mitigation Agenda
More than 100 experts from 18 Latin American countries met in Nicaragua in April 21-23 to review the current state of disaster vulnerability in the Region, record the achievements to date in risk reduction, and prepare an action plan to reduce vulnerability in health facilities and water systems over the next ten years. They stressed the need for these important topics to be debated in national political agendas, be supported by the necessary budgetary funding and be backed by a legal framework that will help ensure the mandate is carried forward.
As a preparatory meeting for the U.N.’s Second World Conference on Disaster Reduction, which will be held in Kobe, Japan next January, participants divided into two workshops to study issues related to vulnerability reduction in health facilities and water systems. Recommendations were proposed that introduced at the Kobe conference.
For more information on health facilities workshop contact; on the drinking water infrastructure workshop, contact: Complete information on the web at