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1 UNISDR Science and Technology Roadmap For the UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership supporting the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Background The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was adopted by Member States on 18 th March 2015, at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) held in Japan, and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June The Sendai Framework promotes shifting focus from managing disasters to managing risks. This requires a better understanding of risk in all its dimensions of vulnerability, exposure and hazards. It aims to ensure that the multi-hazard management of disaster risk is factored into development at all levels as well as within and across all sectors. The Sendai Framework is wide in scope. It applies to the risk of small-scale and large-scale, frequent and infrequent, sudden and slow-onset disasters, caused by natural or man-made hazards as well as related environmental, technological and biological hazards and risks. The Role of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction The Sendai Framework recognises the importance of science and technology for disaster risk reduction, particularly in its paragraph 25g as follows: "Enhance the scientific and technical work on disaster risk reduction and its mobilization through the coordination of existing networks and scientific research institutions at all levels and all regions with the support of the UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group in order to: strengthen the evidence-base in support of the implementation of this framework; promote scientific research of disaster risk patterns, causes and effects; disseminate risk information with the best use of geospatial information technology; provide guidance on methodologies and standards for risk assessments, disaster risk modelling and the use of data; identify research and technology gaps and set recommendations for research priority areas in disaster risk reduction; promote and support the availability and application of science and technology to decision-making; contribute to the update of the 2009 UNISDR Terminology on Disaster Risk Reduction; use post-disaster reviews as opportunities to enhance learning and public policy; and disseminate studies;" The Way Forward: A Road Map to Strengthen the Evidence-Base to Support the Implementation of Sendai Framework The Goal of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk through the implementation of integrated and inclusive economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political and institutional measures that prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to disaster, increase preparedness for response and recovery, and thus strengthen resilience. This road map presents the expected outcomes under each of the four priority of actions outlined in the Sendai Framework, and proposes key actions that the UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership will undertake to fulfil the expected outcomes and to achieve the goal of Sendai Framework. It also highlights ways for monitoring progress and reviewing needs.

2 The Sendai Framework Expected Outcome over the next 15 years is to achieve 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. Priority for Action 1: Understanding Disaster Risk Expected Outcomes Key Actions Review Progress and Needs 1.1 Assess the current state of data, scientific knowledge Develop, update periodically and disseminate risk information to build awareness and knowledge of UNISDR guidelines for recording disaster loss and disaggregated impact data and technical availability on disaster risk National disaster loss databases in line with UNISDR disaster risks reduction and fill the gaps with new Record and share disaster losses and disaggregated impact data and statistics guidelines; and guidelines for reporting data to UNISDR knowledge. Enhance access to environmentally sound technology, local knowledge and inclusive innovation Guidelines for national and regional, multi-hazard, risk assessments and mapping. Conduct solution-driven surveys and research in disaster risk management and increase research for regional, Guidelines for national and regional disaster risk management capability assessment national and local application; Methodologies and guidance for post-disaster Promote community engagement in risk data collection. reviews and damage assessments Assess the level of awareness among public and policy makers about disaster risk and management Guidance for reporting disaster risk knowledge through people centred communication channels. National, multi-hazard, risk profiles updated regularly Periodic reports on state of Global Risk Knowledge Periodic national and regional surveys on disaster risk management capability Periodic regional reports on Disaster Risks drawing on national risk assessments Global Network for sharing disaster data and statistics.

3 1.2 Synthesize, produce and disseminate scientific evidence in a timely and accessible manner that responds to the knowledge needs from policy-makers and practitioners; Promote real-time and near real-time access to reliable data and use information and communications technology; Ensure the synthesis and use of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge and practices Promote partnership between scientists, policy makers, private sectors and community leaders to establish, disseminate and share good practices and lessons learned. Engage scientific focus on disaster risk factors and scenarios, including emerging disaster risks; Using formal education system and media for disseminating and promoting awareness about disaster risk National and regional knowledge centres for disaster risk management. Good practises on use of indigenous and local knowledge Methods for tracking and reporting investments in research programmes focusing on DRR Education guidance on DRR Case studies on DRR through science and traditional, indigenous and local knowledge and practises National and regional platforms for DRR 1.3 Ensure that scientific data and information can support and be used in monitoring and reviewing progress towards disaster risk reduction and resilience building. Develop and monitor a set of core indices and indicators to measure progress Promote the development of quality standards, such as certifications particularly at national and regional levels. Standards and best practises for DRR National and regional peer reviews National peer reviews to follow-up, assess and report on progress on implementation of Sendai Framework

4 Priority For Action 2: Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance to Manage Disaster Risk Expected outcomes Key Actions Review Progress and Needs 2.1 Ensure a stronger involvement of science in policy- and decision-making at all levels Promote and improve dialogue to facilitate a sciencepolicy interface for effective decision-making Raise awareness and improve understanding of disaster risks and their impact on societies and their transboundary and global impact Enhance cross-sectoral decision making Support regional cooperation, including through common exercises and drills Priority For Action 3: Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience Expected outcomes Key Actions Review Progress and Needs 3.1 Provide scientific evidence to enable decision-making of policy options for investment and development planning Develop and disseminate economic, social, structural, technological and environmental impact assessments to strengthen disaster-resilient public and private investments Promote the mainstreaming of disaster risk assessments and mapping into land-use planning and other policy development and implementation, and rural development planning and management Promote urban health and wellbeing in DRR. Promote cooperation between academic, scientific and research entities and networks and the private sector to develop new products and services to help reduce National and regional knowledge centres for disaster risk management National and regional community of users and practitioners National open-data platforms for DRR in alignment with the SDGs and other global agreements Science and technology expertise for national and regional platforms for DRR Information sharing of case studies of strong involvement of science in policy and decision-making to improve implementation Periodic reports on State of Science in DRR at national, regional and global levels. Guidance on disaster risk and impact assessments National and regional knowledge centres for disaster risk management National and regional Communities of Users and Practitioners Evidence-informed legislation and policies ensuring DRR is integrated in planning and multi-sectoral policies Methods for tracking financing on DRR at national level

5 disaster risk Priority for Action 4: Enhancing Disaster Preparedness For Effective Response, and to Build Back Better In Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Expected outcomes Key Actions Review Progress and Needs 4.1 Identify and respond to the scientific needs of policyand decision-makers at all levels to strengthen preparedness and resilience 4.2 Build capacity to ensure that all sectors and countries understand, have access to, and can use scientific information for better informed decision-making Develop, maintain and innovate technology for peoplecentred, low cost early warning systems and emergency communication mechanisms. Develop, disseminate quality standards, codes, and operational guides on contingency planning and protection of critical infrastructure and basic services and promote their use at national and regional levels Support the development of resilient systems and services Provide knowledge and guidance for the development of national and local strategies and plans for DRR Promote regional model for science and technologybased DRR plans Identify the special needs of women, children and old age population together with animals in national and local strategies aimed at disaster risk reduction. Build local knowledge and the use of existing training and education mechanisms and peer learning Incorporate disaster risk knowledge in formal and nonformal education Promote transdisciplinary work in disaster risk reduction research. Strengthen public education and awareness in DRR Develop the workforce capacity in all sectors in understanding disaster risk and implementing DRR approaches Periodic national and regional reporting on early warning systems and emergency communication mechanisms; in place and planned Local and national DRR strategies and plans in line with Sendai framework Local and national resilience actions plans Legislation and policies integrating DRR in building codes and protection of critical infrastructure National and regional help desks for technical advice on risk assessment and risk management capability National public education and awareness strategy in DRR National DRR campaigns National and regional training and capacity building programmes in DRR Making Cities Resilient global campaign extended to cities of all sizes including mega cities.

6 Enhance knowledge and technology transfer and promote the use of global technology pools to share know-how, innovation and research Promote research innovations in insurance sector particularly in developing regions

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