UNISDR reports on record-breaking year
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction looks back at an extremely successful year 2011. In its just published 2011 Annual Report it states that "despite some degree of unpredictability in its voluntary funding," UNISDR had an implementation rate of 93% against resources received in 2010 and 2011. The report further reveals that its two landmark Global Assessment Reports on Disaster Risk Reduction Reports (GAR) for 2009 and 2011, have had over 200,000 chapter downloads over the last three years.
Other highlights from the report include laying the groundwork for the launch of consultations on a new agreement to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) by 2015 when the current international agreement on disaster risk reduction is due to expire. Attendance at the 2011 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction doubled to 2,600 compared to the previous Global Platform. The Chair's Summary concluded: "There is a sense of urgency and clear political and economic imperatives to invest in disaster risk reduction."