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International Hazard Risk Reduction

New Zealand contributes to, and benefits from, international risk reduction initiatives.

Key among these is the United Nations’ International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). The ISDR, 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’s national progress reports are available here. The report outlines New Zealand’s risk reduction actions and ranks them against HFA qualitative indicators.

UNISDR is currently facilitating the process of developing a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. This process will culminate at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on DRR scheduled to take place in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan where a new instrument will be agreed and put forward to the United Nations General Assembly for endorsement.

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


World Bank

Prevention Web

Relief Web

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)