At the end of the first day of meetings and discussions within the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) along with 15 Red Cross National Societies participant at the event, presented a statement in which they set their position on the challenges presented by the implementation of the commitments signed in Sendai.
In the Americas, we continue to lose human lives and livelihoods due to disasters, thus preventing families and communities to come out of poverty and increasing their vulnerability. Through their continental, national and local humanitarian network, National Societies of the Red Cross in the Americas maintain their strong commitment to continue working on reducing vulnerabilities and building community and institutional resilience, and reaffirm their commitment to comply with the Sendai Framework.
In this sense, the National Red Cross Societies called on the States of America and committed themselves as IFRC to work together with the 35 Red Cross National Societies of the region, in the fulfillment of the following objectives:
1. To emphasize the relevance of individual and community awareness and participation so that they assume a leadership role in working towards resilience, and become agents of change towards achieving healthy and safe lives.
2. The strengthening Local Disaster Risk Management Systems is an essential priority to ensure sustainable development.
3. To advocate for awareness and actions to address the impact of recurrent, minor-scale daily hazards.
4. To prioritize people and communities in situations of vulnerability and greater risk.
5. To drive forth education, capacity building and awareness for the promotion of a DRR approach that includes all sectors of society.
6. To establish clear responsibilities and procedures for effective early warning systems (EWS).
7. To strengthen and build regional and national coalitions to increase the scope of community resilience.
8.Strengthening the frameworks is a necessity for the effective attainment of Risk Reduction.
9. To promote investments aimed at increasing the impact of the DRR agenda.
The participation of the National Societies of the region and the IFRC in the coming days will focus on two priority themes, the incorporation of volunteers in decision-making processes and the implementation of mechanisms for risk reduction, as well as such as the incorporation of high-risk populations as agents of change for risk reduction.
Read the complete declaration here.