Following the Dr. Han’s address, Mr. Glenn Dolcemascolo, Climate Change Coordinator of ISDR, highlighted the relevant points in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 from the perspective of water and disasters. He introduced some areas for which integrated water resources management, including transboundary water management, and/or ecosystem approach can help reduce disaster risks.
Dr. Kenzo Hiroki, Coordinator of HELP, presented cases and analytical evidence including a short video of Tsunami at the time of East Japan Great Earthquake in March 2011 showing that the water-related disasters are increasing in numbers and impacts. 95 percent of all the disasters in the world are water-related. He suggested practical ways for international community to address the challenges. He expressed an expectation to the participating countries to lead the discussion on water and disasters at the UN by organizing their own dialogue session at the occasion of the Special Thematic Session in November.
During the interactive session, several distinguished permanent representatives made remarks responding to these speeches. These include the comments on the needs for the coordination between DRR and climate change issues and the importance of SDG14 from the SIDS perspectives (Fiji), a call for the support to the draft resolution deciding Day of Tsunami (Japan), recommendations to work closely with the Group of Friends (GoF) of DRR and GoF of Water (Netherlands and Finland).
The suggestions by the participants will be reflected in the final development of the programme of the 2nd UN Special Thematic Session in November as well as the workplan of the Special Envoy.
For more information, read the speech by the Special Envoy.