from the ISDR Secretariat
between the ISDR Secretariat and UNDP, and with OCHA
The ISDR Secretariat and the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery
(BCPR) of UNDP have signed an agreement defining a framework for cooperation
in the area of disaster reduction at all levels. The agreement, based
on the distribution of competencies and mandates as related to the ongoing
UN reform, identifies areas in which UNDP/BCPR and the ISDR Secretariat
will cooperate by carrying out joint initiatives. One aspect of the agreement
establishes the joint production of periodic reports on disaster reduction.
A similar framework agreement for joint activities has also recently been
signed between the ISDR Secretariat and OCHA.
Second ISDR Support
The second meeting of the ISDR Support Group was held on Tuesday 24 September
2002 in Geneva at the initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
(SDC). The meeting was chaired by Mr. Toni Frisch, Head of the Swiss Humanitarian
Aid Agency, and by Mr. Kenzo Oshima, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian
Affairs. 15 countries were brought together, with the representation of
the European Commission in Geneva.
The group provided ideas on how to improve the outreach and work of the
ISDR Secretariat worldwide for concrete results in disaster reduction.
The achievements and priorities reported as part of ISDRs strategic
workplan for 2002-2003 were well received. Specific tribute was paid to
the increased cooperation and repartition of tasks between the ISDR Secretariat
and other UN agencies and programmes working in the field of risk management.
The Meeting welcomed, in particular, the signature of a Memorandum of
Understanding between the ISDR Secretariat and UNDP (please see relevant
section) as well as the presence of the new Director of the Bureau for
Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP/BCPR) Mr. Georg Charpentier at the
57th United Nations
General Assembly, New York
The ISDR was discussed in the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly
on 21 October 2002 in New York. The report of the Secretary-General on
the implementation of ISDR (A/57/190) and the Secretary-Generals
report on international cooperation to reduce the impact of the El Niño
Phenomenon (A/57/189) were presented by the Director of the ISDR Secretariat.
The reports provide an in-depth analysis of disaster reduction in the
international system at present and make recommendations for its strengthening
in the future. The further consolidation of the ISDR programme as part
of the ongoing UN reform and the provision of increased financial resources
to the ISDR Trust Fund are some of recommendations of the reports.
For more information, please contact the ISDR Secretariat at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full text of the reports are available at www.unisdr.org