Natural disasters affect roughly 217 million people each year, and emerging markets are particularly vulnerable. When disasters strike, communities are devastated. Families are left scrambling while businesses stave off financial ruin.
To reduce vulnerability and increase a community’s ability to bounce back, governments must devise a plan to address the needs of their communities while allaying the panic that ensues.
To get ahead of these problems, the Sendai Framework creates alignment among state governments and the private sector, supporting their ability to work together to develop and implement a plan that reduces the loss of lives and livelihood when disaster strikes.
Mexico, the location of this year’s Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conference, has taken this idea to heart and has developed a system to warn both the government and civilians of any incoming earthquakes. Working together with investment groups and civilian contractors, the government has placed sensors around Mexico that give residents 30 to 60 seconds of warning, allowing them a head start as they rush to safety.
In our webinar on Tuesday, May 16, Chief Editor of Zilient.org, Megan Rowling, will be discussing the Sendai Framework and what to expect from the Mexico conference with Dan Lewis, Chief of Urban Risk Reduction at UN-Habitat, and Ricardo Mena, Head of Regional Offices at UNISDR. Here are some of the issues we’ll be talking about:
- How is the Sendai Framework increasing resilience?
- What kinds of investment opportunities are available for companies that want to partner with countries and states seeking to develop disaster preparedness programs?
- How are cities cutting risk and building their overall ability to adapt and thrive in a world with many uncertainties?
- What are the latest trends and innovations in disaster risk reduction?
The webinar took place on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Catch up below.