Towards The 2015 World Conference On Disaster Resilience

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About the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. Presentation courtesy of Dr. Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction

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Towards The 2015 World Conference On Disaster Resilience

  1. 1. REALITY CHECK: ARE WE MORE OR LESS DISASTER RESILIENT NOW?
  2. 2. Hurricane Sandy about to Strike New York City, 29 October 2012
  3. 3. After Hurricane Sandy has passed NYC: Now Is the Time for Reflection
  4. 4. Through its resolution A/RES/58/214, the United Nations General Assembly convened a World Conference on Disaster Reduction, to be held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, from 18 to 22 January 2005. The Conference was to take stock of progress in disaster risk reduction accomplished since the Yokohama Conference of 1994 and to make plans for the next ten years.
  5. 5. THE 1ST WORLD CONFERENCE • WAS CONVENED SHORTLY AFTER THE DECEMER 26, 2004 BANDE ACHE, INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DISASTER, WHICH LEFT OVER 200,000 DEAD
  6. 6. THE 1ST WORLD CONFERENCE • WAS, BY EXTENSION, A PRODUCT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION (IDNDR), WHICH WAS ADOPTED UNANOMOUSLY BY THE UNITED NATIONS ON DECEMBER 31, 1089
  7. 7. THE 1ST WORLD CONFERENCE • WAS A PRODUCT OF THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF LEADERSHIP OF THE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR DISASTER REDUCTIONDR) (ISDR)
  8. 8. THE 1ST WORLD CONFERENCE • WAS CONVENED IN KOBE, JAPAN IN JANUARY 2005, AND LED TO THE HYOGO FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION
  9. 9. GOAL: A GLOBAL CULTURE OF DISASTER RESILIECE IN OUR GENERATION
  10. 10. THE GOAL OF EVERY COMMUNITY • DISASTERS RESIL- IENCE! • …EVEN THOUGH NATURAL HAZARDS (E.G., FLOODS, SEVERE WINDSTORMS, EARTHQUAKES, DROUGHTS) ARE INEVITABLE FOR EVERY COMMUNITY.
  11. 11. REALITY CHECK: ARE WE MORE OR LESS DISASTER RESILIENT NOW? • THE ANSWER IS “PROBABLY NOT!” • - - - IN SPITE OF 25 YEARS OF CUMMULATIVE HIGH-QUALITY LEADERSHIP BY THE UNITED NATIONS DURING THE DECADE OF THE 1990’S UNDER THE IDNDR AND DURING THE PAST 1 ½ DECADES UNDER THE ISDR.
  12. 12. WE KNOW WHAT TO DO, HOW TO DO IT, WHY TO DO IT, WHEN TO DO IT, and WHERE TO DO IT
  13. 13. COMMUNITYDATA BASES AND INFORMATION HAZARDS: GROUND SHAKING GROUND FAILURE SURFACE FAULTING TECTONIC DEFORMATION TSUNAMI RUN UP AFTERSHOCKS •HAZARD MAPS •INVENTORY •VULNERABILITY •LOCATION RISK ASSESSMENT RISK ACCEPTABLE RISK UNACCEPTABLE RISK ANTICIPATORY DECISIONS •EDUCATIONAL SURGES •MITIGATION •PREPAREDNESS •EMERGENCY RESPONSE •RECOVERY and RECONSTRUCTION RISK MANAGEMENT
  14. 14. HAZARDS PHYSICAL ELEMENTS THAT CONTINUE TO LEAD TO DISASTERS IN EVERY NATION EXPOSURE VULNERABILITY LOCATION RISK
  15. 15. WHERE ARE THE COMMUNITIES THAT NEED ADDITIONAL CAPACITY 200 NATIONS AND 7+ BILLION PEOPLE NORTH AMERICA CARIBBEAN BASIN SUB-SAHARA AFRICA MEDITER- RANEAN ISLAND NATIONS ASIA SOUTH AMERICA EUROPE
  16. 16. TT’S TIME FOR A CRITICAL EVALUATION, SO - - - TEN YEARS LATER IN 2015 THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF NATIONS IS PLANNING A 2ND WORLD CONFERENCE
  17. 17. SO, IF IT IS NOT LEADERSHIP AND NOT KNOWLEDGE, WHAT IS KEEPING US FROM MEETING THE GOALS OF THE HYOGO FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION ON A GLOBAL SCALE?
  18. 18. WE HATE TO ADMIT IT, BUT WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR WAY OF THINKING BEFORE WE CAN CHANGE OUR WAY OF ACTING
  19. 19. APATHY SOCIAL ELEMENTS THAT PREVENT US FROM MEETING OUR GLOBAL GOALS UNWISE DECISIONS NARROW- MINDEDNESS IGNORANCE RISK
  20. 20. THE STRATEGY • Engage a new generation of politicians, business leaders, scientists, engineers, the media, . . .others as stakeholders in a concerted effort to make every global community disaster resilient.
  21. 21. GIVE THEM A TITLE AND THE 2015 CHALLENGE Engage the new corps of “Ambassadors for Global Disaster Resilience” (i.e., those who are willing to commit to the goal of building global capacity for disaster resilience).
  22. 22. DISASTER RESILIENCE REQUIRES A “24/7” EFFORT • A 24/7 EFFORT IS NEEDED TO BUILD THE CAPACITY NEEDED TO IMPLEMENT THE PILLARS OF DISASTER RES- ILIENCE.
  23. 23. NEXT: CAPACITIZING AND PARTNERNING • Build capacity and partner- ships simultaneously in the community of politicians, business leaders, scientists, engineers, the media, . . . others and work together in a concerted global effort.
  24. 24. HOW TO FAIL FACT: NO COMMUNITY CAN BECOME DISASTER RESILIENT BY WORKING ALONE WITHOUT GOALS OR CAPACITY GUARANTEED! HIGH DISASTER RISK NO CAPACITY FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE EDUCATION THAT DOES NOT BUILD CAPACITY
  25. 25. HOW TO SUCCEED POLITICAL PROCECESES PHYSICAL SCIENCES ENGINEERING SCIENCES SUCCESS: INCREASING DISASTER RESILIENCE IN EVERY COMMUNITY STRATEGIC GOAL: WORKING TOGETHER TO INCREASE CAPACITY IN EVERY COMMUNITY
  26. 26. COMMUNITY CAPACITY GOAL: DISASTER RESILIENCE ACADEMIA FUNCTIONAL NETWORKING CHANNELS INFORMATION NETWORKING CHANNELS ORGANIZATION NETWORKING CHANNELS WORKING TOGETHER COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS Stratec Consulting
  27. 27. A RENEWED GLOBAL SURGE OF HOPE AND ENTHUSIASM A HISTORIC EFFORT THAT WILL BENEFIT EVERY NATION
  28. 28. 2015 IS A GOOD TIME FOR A GLOBAL SURGE IN EDUCATIONAL, TECHNICAL AND POLITICAL CAPACITY BUILDING TO MAKE ALL COMMUNITIES OF THE WORLD DISASTER RESILIENT
  29. 29. WE HAVE COMMON ASSETS SO, LET’S USE THEM
  30. 30. SURGE VISION: INFUSION OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE BY 1,000,000+ NEW “AMBASSADORS FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE” IN AN ONGOING, CONCERTED EFFORT TO CREATE TURNING POINTS FOR DISASTER-RISK RESILIENCE IN EVERY NATION
  31. 31. THE KEY IS BEING STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL •START NOW WHERE YOU LIVE! •START WITH EXISTING PARTNERS AND ADD NEW PARTNERS! •START WITH YOUR HOME! •START WITH YOUR SCHOOLS! •START WITH YOUR COMMUNITY!
  32. 32. THE BIG FOUR IN THE COMMUNITY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE • EDUCATORS • CITIZENS • STAKE- HOLDERS (PRACTI- TIONERS) • POWER STRUCTURE (POLICY MAKERS)
  33. 33. FOUR STRATEGIES THAT WORK • MAKE THE GOAL CLEAR • MAKE THE GOAL AND ITS BENEFITS AND BARRIERS EASY TO VISUALIZE • MAKE THE GOAL POPULAR • MAKE THE GOAL A MANDATE FOR ADOPTING AND IMPLEMENTING A HIGHER-POWER STRATEGY
  34. 34. UNDERSTAND OUR COMMON BARRIERS TO SUCCESS
  35. 35. BARRIERS TO A GLOBAL SURGE • “MYTH” • A GENERAL SOLUTION WILL WORK FOR EVERY COMMUNITY • “REALITY” • EACH COM- MUNITY NEEDS SITE- SPECIFIC INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES
  36. 36. BARRIERS IN A GLOBAL SURGE • “MYTH” • PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ALWAYS KEEPS PACE WITH KNOWLEDGE • “REALITY” • EVERY DISASTER IS A NEW LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR EVERY COMMUNITY
  37. 37. BARRIERS FACED BY CHAMPIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY • “MYTH” • PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IS A SHORT PROCESS • “REALITY” • PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IS A LONG PROCESS THAT MUST BE NURTURED AND SUSTAINED
  38. 38. SURGE ATTRIBUTES LEADERSHIP INNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS FOCUS SURGE TARGETS PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CODES & STANDARDS COMMUNITY PLANNING IDENTIFY/ FIX VULNERABILITIES COMMUNITY READINESS PUBLIC AWARENESS

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