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International Hazard Risk Reduction

New Zealand also contributes to, and benefits from, international risk reduction initiatives. Key among these is the United Nations’ International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). The ISDR (link to website) launched in 2000, provides a framework with a focus on developing countries, to coordinate actions to address risks at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Hyogo Framework for Action
Countries that have committed to take action to reduce disaster risk have adopted a guideline called the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). This guideline was adopted in January 2005 by 168 governments and is a ten year plan aimed at assisting the efforts of nations and communities to become more resilient to, and cope better with the hazards that threaten their development gains.

A requirement of the HFA is that progress on its implementation is monitored and reported on by each signatory nation. New Zealand has compiled its first national progress report and this is available here. The report outlines New Zealand’s risk reduction actions and ranks them against HFA qualitative indicators. In the future, reporting will draw upon outputs of the CDEM Capability Assessment Tool of the CDEM monitoring & evaluation programme.

For more information on international risk reduction initiatives and groups, visit these websites:

The Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)
World Bank
Prevention Web
Relief Web
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)