Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

This report released ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, warns that by 2050, urban populations exposed to hurricanes will increase from today's 310 million to 680 million. Urban assets vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding could reach 35 trillion U.S. dollars by 2070 - 10 times more than the current levels.

In the two years since the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was agreed by Member States, much progress has been made in reducing disaster risk. Numerous countries have aligned their national strategies with the Sendai Framework, early warning systems have been strengthened, disaster risk management legislation has been enacted and public education and training has intensified. At the same time, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, hosted by Mexico in 2017 in Cancun, highlighted the enormous challenges that remain. The economic costs of disasters continue to escalate, in some places faster than gross domestic product, as a consequence of poorly risk-informed economic planning and investment. Climate change is increasing and represents a fundamental threat to efforts to reduce disaster risk. It is exacerbating existing natural hazards, with cascading impacts on livelihoods, food security, displacement and even conflict. The present report provides an overview of progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework, as requested by the General Assembly in its resolution 71/226. In accordance with Assembly resolution 71/227, the report also includes a section on effective global response to address the impacts of the El Niño phenomenon.

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