Consultation of Local Governments towards Post 2015 Framework for DRR (Hyogo Framework for Action 2 - HFA2)

At the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in January 2005, 168 countries adopted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.

The UN General Assembly endorsed the HFA later that year in 2005. The HFA responds to the need for a comprehensive, integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to identify and implement disaster risk reduction measures.

There is a consensus that the new instrument (informally referred to as HFA2) should build on the Hyogo Framework for Action and introduce the innovations necessary to address the challenges of increasing risk over the next 20 to 30 years.

Accordingly, the Phase II of consultations from July 2013 until the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Reduction in March 2015, will now focus on the content, indicators and measurement of the draft HFA2.

Under the Making Cities Resilient Campaign, partners and cities are encouraged to organize consultations to feed into the global process in order to ensure that priorities are highlighted in the next framework for disaster risk reduction. Accordingly, Sri Lanka Southern Province consultation on the Post-2015 Framework on DRR (HFA2) was organised by CDR as part of the International Conference of Building Resilience 2013 in collaboration with the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities and Southern Provisional Council, Sri Lanka.

The objectives of the session were to share experiences and perceptions among Southern Provincial based Local Authorities and other stakeholders on main components and substantive issues in need of further action, which can be included in the post-2015 Framework for disaster risk reduction. The session seek to identify regional priorities for the new framework and thus provided preliminary recommendations for the post-2015 Framework for disaster risk reduction.

The session gathered key DRR stakeholders and is a key opportunity to share, discuss and propose activities and approaches, which should be outlined in the new Framework. The session also allowed international partners to learn from each other and contrast own perceptions and priorities with what is proposed elsewhere in the region. Through its broad representation, the meeting put together an output document summarizing the findings towards a post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction