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Habitat III

Quito 17-20 October 2016


More than half the world's population now live in towns and cities, and by generally  accepted estimates the urban-dwelling proportion will be around 70 per cent in 2050; about a billion people live in slums, often in hazardous areas. But this unplanned growth of cities is not matched by any parallel expansion of  water supply, drainage, energy, health care, education, waste disposal, emergency services. Above all, the poorest people, often merely the most recent arrivals from the countryside, have no choice but to settle in the most hazardous and least-serviced places.

Conflict and individual urban disasters like fires, floods, industrial accidents, and building collapse have disproportionate humanitarian and economic impacts in cities compared to rural areas. Extreme weather, meanwhile, increasing in frequency and intensity in urban areas just as in the countryside, will also be relatively more destructive because more people and assets per unit of land surface are exposed to its impacts. Urban areas 'accumulate risk' as they grow rapidly, outstripping governments' ability to regulate and provide basic services. Under the new strategic Partnership, PfR will focus more in urban resilience, and therefore active participation is foreseen in international conferences on urban issues. 

Read here more about PfR at Habitat III 



 Asian Ministerial Conference for DRR

New Delhi, 3-5 November 2016

This first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction after the advent of the Sendai Framework will be hosted by the Government of India in November 2016. As a follow up from the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference outcome (2014) and as a requirement of the Sendai Framework, the intended outcome of the conference in India will be to adopt an ‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’. The AMCDRR 2016 will provide a unique opportunity to shape the implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework in Asia

Objectives of the AMCDRR 2016 conference are as follows:

Transforming the commitment of governments and stakeholders made in Sendai during the WCDRR into national and local action.

Setting the direction to accelerate regional implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework

The expected outcome of the conference will be the following:

A political declaration – consolidating the political commitment of governments towards preventing and reducing risk as well as strengthening resilience by accelerating implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework in the region.

Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework' – a plan endorsed by the countries for the Asian region.

Stakeholder action statements – voluntary statements of action of stakeholder groups towards a 'shared responsibility' approach in implementation of the Sendai Framework

PfR teams from India, the Philippines and Indonesia are actively participating in this meeting. Find here their story on the Thematic Event on Strengthening Community Resilience wherein Munish Kaushik presented examples from PfR India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Find here info on technical session Day 2, with panelist Donna Lagdameo






 Key Messages PfR

PfR advocates for Integrated Risk Management (IRM) as a viable approach to address effects of climate change, strengthen ecosystem management/restoration and promote risk-proof investments from the private, public sectors and multi-lateral corporations. IRMnot only helps avert future disasters, but also unlocks growth and prosperity.

The PfR supports better decision making, knowledge sharing, and policy dialogues in the context of increasing risks, to which climate change and ecosystem degradation are key contributing factors. PfR supports provision of essential services to communities for resilience against shocks from climate change, ecosystem degradation and malpractices in investments.

Over the past five years (2011-2015), the PfR, co-funded by the Netherlands Government has strengthened the resilience of vulnerable people through IRM-sensitive projects in nine countries2. PfR has proven that IRM is a unique approach that recognizes the importance of integrating climate change adaptation and ecosystem management/ restoration into disaster risk reduction.

In the new five-year programme (2016-2020), PfR builds on its experience, works in ten countries3 and focuses on policy dialogue at global/regional/national levels. In this strategic partnership with the Netherlands Government, PfR contributes to strengthening capacities of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)Partners  to engage in dialogues on IRM with stakeholders at local, national and international levels in order to make policies, investments and practices more risk informed. Capacity strengthening of CSOs at national/sub national levels enables them to influence policy dialogue with their governments and also influence program/project design and policies, plans and investments of other stakeholder.