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POST KOBE, HYOGO
Follow up to the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR)
Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, 18-22 January 2005

The WCDR's final report is now available in all six UN languages on the ISDR's website
It includes the Hyogo Declaration and the "Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters". In parallel to the issuance of official documents, the secretariat has completed the production of a WCDR publication that compiles all official documents prepared for and at the conference. The publication, entitled "WCDR: Proceedings of the Conference -- Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters", will be available in July, together with a CD-ROM containing all documents from the WCDR website. Website: www.unisdr.org/wcdr/

Eleventh Session of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster
The Eleventh Session of the Inter Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction (IATF/DR-11), and the first since the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR), took place at Geneva from 24 to 26 May 2005. The Session was co-Chaired on the first day by Margareta Wahlstrom, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (DERC) and Kathleen Cravero, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and Director, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP. Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs chaired the second day.

The Task Force welcomed three new members, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), International Labor Organization (ILO) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV), while UNICEF and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) have recently expressed interest in joining. Amongst other things, the session agreed on strategic directions for the ISDR system to assist in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015. The session also discussed a number of suggestions for strengthening the modus operandi of the Task Force. For a full list of decisions and related documents, please consult:
http://www.unisdr.org/eng/about_isdr/download/unisdr_2005_cal.pdf

The Third Early Warning Conference due in Bonn next March
At the IATF/DR 11th session on 26 May, the Government of Germany announced that the third Early Warning Conference (EWC-III) would be held in Bonn, in March 2006 (exact dates to be confirmed). The 3-day international conference convened by Germany under the auspices of the United Nations will mobilize efforts to implement the outcome of the Second International Early Warning Conference (EWC-II) and of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (mainly, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015). It will contribute to the development of the International Early Warning Programme (IEWP), launched at the WCDR in Kobe, and to discuss on proposals for a global early warning system.

The result-oriented conference will aim at launching comprehensive national early warning projects, with priority themes for global early warning advancement initiatives, focused on high-priority countries and issues.

A task force is being established in the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, to work in close cooperation with DKKV (German committee for disaster prevention) in Bonn, while a UN conference secretariat is being put in place at the ISDR secretariat in Geneva, to work in close cooperation with the ISDR/PPEW (Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning) in Bonn.

Disaster Risk Reduction in Cuba
The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) together with UNDP/BCPR, OCHA, the Civil Defence of Cuba and the ISDR secretariat have organized a seminar "on risk management policies" in Cuba on 1-3 June. The three days meeting called "Seminar Workshop for National Authorities: Risk Management Policies, Systems and Successful Experiences in the Caribbean" had three main objectives: First, to rationalise policies, systems and positive

experiences of the Caribbean regarding risk and disaster management. Second, to evaluate progress made in technologies and building materials third, to encourage exchange and co-operation in the area of risk management among the countries of the Caribbean, with support from the United Nations and Co-operation Agencies.

First Meeting of the Advisory Panel of the ADPC Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) Programme for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management into Development Policy, Planning and Implementation in Asia
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management has developed a Programme on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management into Development Policy, Planning and Implementation in Asia (MDRD) that aims to integrate disaster risk management into national development plans of RCC member countries as well as focusing on specific priority sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, housing, financial services, education and health. Through the support of the Government of Australia (AusAID), requests for submission of priority implementation projects have been initiated and are already at an advanced stage of finalization.

In order to guide the implementation of the programme, an MDRD Advisory Panel was formed and a First Meeting of the Advisory Panel of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) Programme for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management into Development Policy, Planning and Implementation in Asia was convened by ADPC on 23-24 March 2005 in Bangkok, with the support of the Australian Government (AusAID). A review of successful national experiences of integration of disaster reduction into development planning

highlighted the importance to articulate national strategies around the priority areas identified by the Hyogo Framework for Action.

The Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC) was established by ADPC in 2000 and comprises heads of national disaster management offices (NDMOs) of 25 Asian countries.

5th Meeting of the ADPC Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management, Hanoi, Vietnam
The 5th Annual RCC Meeting of the ADPC (Asian Disaster Preparedness Center) took place in Hanoi, 18-20 May 2005. The meeting was attended by a total of 64 participants comprising of representatives from NDMOs of 18 RCC Member Countries and observers from local and regional organizations, UN Agencies, and bilateral and multilateral funding agencies. The meeting gave opportunity to participants to exchange information on the challenges of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, response, recovery and improving Early Warning and to share lessons learned from regional and national programs on preparedness and mitigation. The special session on the progress of the RCC Initiative on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development (MDRD) Policy, Planning and Implementation in Asia, discussed in detail ways to mainstream DR management into development and included the showcasing of MDRD in RCC Member Countries A Special Consultative Session for the Asian Region on the Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, provided an overview of current actions and initiatives related to the WCDR follow-up; allowed a good exchange on practices and lessons learnt from the Asian region and recognized the ISDR secretariat as a main partner for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework in the Asian region.

ISDR starts a new collaboration with ABU on the role of media in education and disaster prevention
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), a professional association of 102 radio and television broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region, is partnering with the ISDR secretariat for developing radio and television broadcast information flows in reducing the impact of natural disasters in Asia-Pacific Countries. The ABU, the ISDR secretariat and other

specialists will organize two media workshops in Bangkok between the 13 and the 16 June with 30 broadcasters coming from the tsunami affected countries including Tanzania and Somalia. The first workshop starting the 13 to 14 will be more technical in nature and will involve Technical, News and Programming Directors from broadcast companies and perational Directors from meteorological, oceanographic and geographic organizations to review the rate and accuracy in getting information from meteorological, oceanographic and geographic organizations to broadcasters. The second workshop will address education and public awareness issues and stimulate broadcasters to produce more programmes on disaster reduction with educational contents. Four UN ISDR video case studies on education, traditional knowledge and preparedness will be shown to participants as examples of educational stories. The last tsunami tragedy will be also an opportunity to see how disaster reduction is including in the recovery. Broadcasters will be invited, six months after the tsunami tragedy, to go to the affected areas and produce reports on the issue.

United Nations System and the Private Sector:
Focal Points Meeting co-hosted by UN Global Compact and UN System College, Geneva, 26-27 May 2005
Looking toward the future and the growing interest of the impact of disaster risk reduction, the ISDR secretariat was invited to participate to the Focal points meeting held in Geneva, the 26-27 May along with external officers from 31 other UN organizations dealing with developing a comprehensive and more coherent approach to adopt partnerships specially with the private sector. The Director of the ISDR secretariat took the opportunity to encourage more deliberate process to build relationship with the commercial sector to address risk issues and community engagement with hazards, before they become disasters. Discussions at this workshop jointly organized by the UN Global Compact and UN System College emphasized the importance of building relationships over a period of time,
which relates to developing capacities rather than looking at from only a philanthropic or resources driven prospective.

International Recovery Platform in Kobe, Japan
The International Recovery Seminar, in support of the IRP, was held at the JICA center in Kobe, Japan, 10-14 May 2005. The seminar was organized by UNDP/BCPR, the ISDR secretariat, OCHA, ILO, Cabinet Office (Government of Japan), Asian Disaster Reduction Center, Hyogo Prefecture and the World Bank. The seminar was very well attended by international organizations (all the above as well as UNEP, UNV, UN/HABITAT, UNOSAT and IFRC), donors (Australia, Italy, Japan, UAE, and USA) disaster prone programme countries (Algeria, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Maldives), World Bank as well as NGOs and academics. Other participants from India, Turkey, Philippines joined the meeting through the World Bank video-conference facility.

It was agreed by all parties that the IRP would be the inter-agency mechanism for taking forward the agenda of the Hyogo Framework of relating to post-disaster recovery. The IRP will thus be a major thematic pillar of the ISDR system. The IRP will be organized around three components: Knowledge Management and Advocacy; Training and Capacity Building and
Enhancing Recovery Operations.

The 12the Regional Disaster Management Meeting in Madang, Papua New Guinea
The 12th Regional Disaster Management Meeting was held 6-8 June 2005. The theme was "Investment for Sustainable Development: Building the Resilience of Nation's and Communities to Disaster", which focused on the Draft Pacific Framework for Action 2005-2015, modeled closely on the Hyogo Framework and designed to reflect the special needs of the Pacific Small Islands Development State (SIDS). For more information, please consult
with: http://www.sopac.org/community+risk

Asia Pacific All Hazards Workshop, Honolulu Hawaii, USA
United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (US/NOAA) held the Asia Pacific All Hazards Workshop 6-10 June 2005, in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. The theme of the workshop was "Realizing Tsunami and Disaster Resilience through New Partnerships and Technologies". This workshop brought together experts from US/NOAA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, other U.S. government agencies and U.S. companies with disaster/emergency management officials from APEC and Indian Ocean tsunami-affected economies, and provided an in-depth overview of the elements of an "All Hazards" early warning system.

Dr. Laura Kong, Director, UNESCO/IOC International Tsunami Information Centre informed on the ISDR activities and also made a presentation on behalf of the ISDR secretariat. For more information, please consult with:
http://www.trademeetings.com/ssMeetingDetails.asp?meetingId=139

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