Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction


The Sendai Framework connects reducing disaster risk with broader development and resilience challenges such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

In March 2015, at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai city, Japan, UN member states adopted the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The Sendai Framework is a 15-year agreement, the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015. It recognizes that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local governments, UN agencies, International and National Organizations, private sector etc. Its outcome is the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.

Whether working locally, nationally or internationally, the Sendai Framework challenges all concerned to make Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) a priority and to recognize capacity development as central to this task. The Sendai Framework identifies seven global targets and four priorities.

The Seven Global Targets

  • (a) Substantially reduce global disaster mortality by 2030, aiming to lower average per 100,000 global mortality rate in the decade 2020-2030 compared to the period 2005-2015.
  • (b) Substantially reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030, aiming to lower average global figure per 100,000 in the decade 2020 -2030 compared to the period 2005-2015.
  • (c) Reduce direct disaster economic loss in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.
  • (d) Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.
  • (e) Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.
  • (f) Substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of this Framework by 2030.
  • (g) Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030.

The Four Priorities for Action

Priority 1. Understanding disaster risk
Priority 2. Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Priority 3. Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Priority 4. Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction

Our role within the Sendai Framework

The CADRI partner agencies work together to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, offering advice and guidance to UN Country Teams to support governments, national institutions and other national stakeholders develop appropriate capacities in disaster risk reduction.

Established in 2007, the CADRI Partnership is resourced and promoted as a key partner of DRR capacity development for the UN System in support of the Sendai Framework implementation. The CADRI Partnership made a contribution to UN System coherence, having brought together key UN agencies mandated to work on DRR and having demonstrated that the UN System can “deliver as one” through the UN Plan of Action on DRR and Resilience. Going forward, the CADRI Partnership is framing its comparative advantage as a proven UN-inter- agency mechanism that is supporting the ISDR system in fostering UN coherence in implementing the Sendai Framework.

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