The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), launched in 2000, provides a framework to coordinate actions to address disaster risks at the local, national, regional and international levels. The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), endorsed by 168 UN member states at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan in 2005, urges all countries to make major efforts to reduce their disaster risk by 2015.
The Global Platform for Disaster Reduction (GPDRR) is an information exchange forum organized by UNISDR, the UN’s office for disaster risk reduction and secretariat of the ISDR. The fourth biennial meetings opened today in Geneva, supported by the third global assessment report (GAR 2013): From Shared Risk to Shared Value –The Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction. View GAR 2013 and the preceding two global assessment reports (GAR 2011: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development, and GAR 2009: Risk and Poverty in a Changing Climate) here.
This quote comes from the introduction to Chapter 8, Urbanizing Risk:
More investment in infrastructure and the built environment will be required over the next 40 years than has occurred over the last 4 millennia. How disaster risk is addressed in the construction and real estate development sectors is therefore going to shape the future of disaster risk reduction. Where investments in urban development generate new risks or exacerbate existing ones, the cost of disasters is often spread across communities and sectors. These shared costs are not well accounted for and responsibilities are not well defined. A number of disincentives work against businesses investing in reducing disaster risk in urban development, including the promise of high profit from speculative investment and ineffective public regulation.
The contents include:
- Chapter 1 – Introduction: Risky Business
- Part I – The Globalised Landscape of Disaster Risk
- Chapter 2 – The Hidden Risks of Economic Globalisation
- Chapter 3 – Intensive Riskscapes
- Chapter 4 – Invisible Risks
- Chapter 5 – The Resilience Challenge
- Chapter 6 – Natural Capital Risk
- Chapter 7 – Small Islands, Big Opportunities
- Part II Private Investment and Disaster Risk
- Chapter 8 – Urbanising Risk
- Chapter 9 – Hazardous Leisure
- Chapter 10 – No Free Lunch: Agribusiness and Risks to Food Security
- Part III Business Strategies and Risk Governance
- Chapter 11 – From Managing Disasters to Managing Risks
- Chapter 12 – Risk Blind Investment
- Chapter 13 – Securing Investment: Insurance Revisited
- Chapter 14 – Risk Governance: In Search of the Missing Paradigm
- Chapter 15 – Anticipating Risk
- Chapter 16 – Conclusion: From Shared Risk to Shared Value