Major Donors Agree on Disaster Prevention Framework

Heads and representatives of the World Bank, the European Union, Japan, U.N. Development Program, United Kingdom, United States and the United Nations discuss disaster prevention framework. Photo by: Ryan Rayburn / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

Seven major humanitarian and development organizations have joined forces to identify, finance and implement disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies in some of the world’s most critical disaster-prone areas.

At a meeting in Washington, D.C., heads and representatives of the World Bank, the European Union, Japan, U.N. Development Program, United Kingdom, United States and the United Nations identified and adopted five actions designed to help put disaster resilience and risk reduction at the heart of their development work. The five measures are:

  • Integrate resilience to climate change and extreme weather events into development programs and strategies.

  • Prioritize climate risks and global disaster hot spots such as Haiti.

  • Coordinate and align international response and financing with country priorities.

  • Focus on investments that offer the most value for money, such as early warning systems, capacity building, sustainable land management training and disaster safety nets.

  • Focus on coordination and streamlining of international efforts during post-disaster response.

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