• Lead-organizer: Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE)
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-A

Resilience for Communities - what do we really need by 2015?

Organizing partners

? Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies AGEE / OCHA / UNEP
? Indigene Community leader of Bolivia
? Neighborhood project leader from Turkey
? Community from China
? President of Tajikistan
? Sweden / UK
? level representative of UNEP/OCHA, UNDP/BCPR, IFRC,
? Global Network for Disaster Reduction
? Head of Public Sector Business Swiss Re
? Academia


Resilience for Communities ? what do we really need by 2015?

Inputs for a new post Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Regime ? How can communities be better tackled in the post HFA process?

Format: High level Panel discussion moderated by Manuel Bessler, Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Domain:

?Give Communities a Voice?

Key note speakers: Representatives from major ISDR stakeholders present their views on how to embed disaster resilience for communities in the post HFA process and resilience architecture

Introduction key note by Andreas Götz, Vice Director of the Federal Office of Environment: ?Resilience against shocks and stresses ? an overview of recent achievements in DRR relevant processes?

Detailed programme

Presentation of case studies for community based strategies on resilience:
o Community leader from Bolivia present indigene practices of the Yapuchiri project
o Neighborhood project leader from Turkey present their practices for enabling neighborhoods for disaster preparedness and response
o Presentation of community based strategies from China

Presentation of national views:
o Presentation by President of Tajikistan on community based natural resources management
o Presentation by Donor countries: Sweden / UK

Presentation by International Organizations, NGO?s, Private Sector, Academia:
o High level representative of UNEP/OCHA, UNDP/BCPR, IFRC,
o Global Network for Disaster Reduction, Marcus Oxley
o Private Sector : Head of Public Sector Business Swiss Re
o Academia

Panel discussion on critical questions

Feed back and way ahead by UNISDR, Margaretha Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Why does it make sense to use the concept of resilience?

The member states made a global commitment to resilience in Busan ? a commitment to partnering to strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability in the face of adversity. The memberstates expressed their will to ensure that development strategies and policies prioritize the building of resilience. In addition, all partners committed to work together to invest in shock resistant infrastructure and social protection systems for at-risk communities. They also committed to increase resources for disaster management.
The concept of resilience provides several opportunities in the sustainable development debate and facilitates the intra- and inter-institutional collaboration:

? The concept of resilience can be applied to address increased security and reduced losses from different viewpoints; in particular it will foster the collaboration between the climate change, the disaster risk reduction and other related units of the donor member states. Also it helps to bring together conflict and drr concepts and to combine development, humanitarian and political action.
? The concept of resilience is in line with and complements other themes like livelihood, food security or natural resources management.
? The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015overarching goal is: "building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters". Therefore, the concept of resilience is a logic advancement of the post-HFA process.
? Resilience constitutes an added value for the three pillars of sustainable development: the integration of disturbances and their management. The post MDG process might be fertilized with this aspect.

Representatives to inform and mobilize their professional and policy colleagues of the other ministries/organizational units
? to get concrete inputs for a new post 2015 HFA regime
? to address increased security and reduce losses
? to foster collaboration between climate change & disaster risk reduction
? to synchronise development, humanitarian and political action
? to build the resilience of communities to disasters

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