Remarks by Ambassador Yusra Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative
for the Special Event on
Synthesis Report of the High Level Consultation on
Conflict, Violence and Disaster and the post-2015 Development Agenda
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 @1:15pm-2:45pm, CR7 NLB
Thank you, Dr. Foukara. I would like to begin by expressing my highest appreciation for all parties and stakeholders involved in the dialogue for their steadfast efforts to bring conclusion to the work on the post-2015 thematic consultation on conflict, violence and disaster.
In this regard, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Ms. Anne Sipilainen for presenting the Chair’s Summary of the High-level Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disasters, and Mr. Magdy Martinez-Soliman for presenting the findings and recommendation from the Synthesis Report of the global consultations on Conflict, Violence and Disasters and the post-2015 Development Agenda.
The Report highlighted a more focused process to be undertaken as soon as possible to formulate options for a framework for conflict, violence, disasters, and insecurity in the next generation of development framework and that the framework should include a credible mechanism for monitoring progress in reducing violence and insecurity, mitigating drivers of conflict, fostering disaster resilience, and based upon human rights. That is something which was not addressed within the MDGs framework.
It gives me a distinct pleasure to be given an opportunity to convey key messages from the Global thematic consultation on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Post 2015 Development Agenda, held in Jakarta on 19-20 February 2013.
Participants concurred that Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), as a cross-cutting issue, is inherently linked to poverty eradication and sustainable development. The incorporation of DRR in a post-2015 development agenda is avoid, or reduce, disaster effected development setbacks. A specific and strong reference to DRR in the post-2015 development agenda would assert its important role for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
Key conclusions from the Global Thematic Consultation on DRR and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held in Jakarta proposed some recommendations for the integration of DRR in the post-2015 development agenda:
(i) Establish a standalone goal on DRR, using resilience as a framework. This would provide an opportunity to address the interface with sustainable development, climate change and conflict.
(ii) Mainstreaming DRR into other sector goals, particularly in health, environment, governance, food security, gender equity, education and water.
(iii) Promote a new development approach that integrates DRR consideration into all development interventions, for example, by using existing assessment tools, like the environmental impact assessment (EIA)
(iv) Develop outcome and impact targets and indicators that capture direct losses, such as mortality and economic impact, as well as indirect losses, like loss of social safety nets; and that are applicable at regional, national and sub-national levels.
Participants in Jakarta also proposed the next steps for strategic actions to include:
(i) Continue to develop a proactive and compelling narrative, backed by evidence based research and human interests stories that demonstrates that DRR investment contribute to sustainable development
(ii) Ensure close alignment between DRR considerations in the post-2015 development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-Hyogo Framework for Action
(iii) Promote stronger focus on DRR in national and regional post-2015 consultation processes
(iv) Continue efforts to design broad targets and indicators for DRR that are adaptable to the emerging post-2015 development agenda.
If I may share as well Indonesia’s point of view, apart from addressing the causal aspects of disaster risk, the disaster related post-2015 development agenda should also emphasize the importance of:
(i) Making investments for DRR, particularly the strengthening of capacities for disaster risk reduction and management, at the local level;
(ii) Ensuring local participation and local partnership in disaster risk management;
(iii) Respecting local cultures and practices in disaster risk management, and the role of traditional and community-based disaster management; and
(iv) Mainstreaming gender perspectives and role of women into DRR and disaster management. Indonesia in this regard welcomes the reference made on the role of women in DRR in the agreed conclusion of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
I would not be taking any more of your time, allow me to conclude by thanking the Mission of Finland for organizing this special event, and to all other panellists in this forum for their valuable contribution to the build-up towards the post-2015 framework. And I look forward to having further discussion with distinguished delegates.
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