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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
- 187 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
- 150 intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder events were held
- Over 350 side events were organized in the public forum
The Conference was Green
- ‘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
- More 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