UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction


The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction a resounding success. The event took place from 14-18 March 2015, in Sendai, Japan.

Cover of Conference Handbook

The global disaster risk reduction community made the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction a resounding success. The event took place from 14-18 March 2015, in Sendai, Japan.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030 was adopted on March 18 and is now available on the wcdrr.org website

All conference documents and videos can be found on the conference website:  www.wcdrr.org

The mobile conference box can be accessed for a limited time at:  wcdrrbag.info/home.php

Conference photos can be seen on Flickr at:  www.flickr.com/search/?q=wcdrr

HFA celebration stories and videos can be found here:  www.wcdrr.org/celebrating

Some conference statistics

Over 6,500 delegates attended the intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder events and over 40,000 attended the public forum

  • Logo for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - March 2015187 States were officially represented
  • Over 25 Heads of State, Vice Presidents, and Heads of Government attended
  • 100 participants were at ministerial level
  • 42 intergovernmental organizations, 236 non-government organizations, 38 UN entities; and over 300 private sector representatives attended
  • The international press was represented by 900 accredited journalists

Events

  • 150 intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder events were held
  • Over 350 side events were organized in the public forum

The Conference was Green

  • Screenshot of Greening guide for the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - March 2015 in Japan‘Paper Smart’ – Over 2,500 participants used the electronic conference box. More than 3,000 documents were downloaded, and more than 3,100 were e-mailed out. As a result, we estimate that ten million pages-worth of documents were not printed – an equivalent of 124 trees not cut down.
  • Bicycles – Many delegates used bicycles to travel between venues
  • Garbage segregation – Delegates segregated their waste at the venues
  • Carbon offset – A number of participants carbon offset their travel to Sendai

The Conference was Accessible

  • Screenshot of Accessibility Guide for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, March 2015More than 200 persons with disabilities actively participated in the Conference proceedings as delegates, speakers, panelists, and contributors. Thirty-four events from the Official Conference Programme and Public Forum addressed issues of disability.
  • At the main venues, closed captioning in English and Japanese were provided for the intergovernmental segment.
  • Sign language interpretation was provided on demand for various sessions.
  • The venues were made accessible with transportation available that could accommodate wheel chairs.
  • In addition to making documents in accessible format, accessibility partner KGS Corporation provided blind participants with a machine that displayed documents in Braille.

More on WCDRR:  http:  www.wcdrr.org