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The Hyogo Framework for Action – the 10-year international plan to make the world safer from disaster risk – comes to an end in 2015. At the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva earlier this year, thousands of delegates from around the world agreed on key elements for the next international framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The aim is to develop a pragmatic plan which supports integrated risk governance, with a commitment to address the needs of most vulnerable communities, and to tackle underlying drivers of risk. The formulation of the next framework will take place through consultations, regional and national platforms and intergovernmental meetings during 2014 in preparation for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. The European Union is a key player in these discussions and will determine its own recommendations for the next framework over the months to come.
It is clear that a broad network of stakeholders with a common understanding of the importance of DRR will be required in the years ahead. In this context, VOICE is pleased to present the last paper in its series on Disaster Risk Reduction with an issue on “Partnerships for DRR”.
Developing awareness and strategies for reduction of disaster risk is a shared responsibility, which requires cooperation between governments, civil society and private sector. Only via combined efforts will we be able to take sufficient measures to protect lives and livelihoods. We hope you enjoy the reading our paper!