The Board considered the issue of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into United Nations development policies and practices following a request from the Secretary-General for CEB to take up the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action: 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. In that context, the importance of a coherent United Nations system approach in helping countries to reduce the risk of disasters and in integrating disaster risk considerations into sustainable development strategies was stressed.
CEB noted that the Hyogo Framework for Action, adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in January 2005, had the following three strategic goals: (a) to integrate disaster risk reduction into sustainable development policies and planning; (b) to strengthen institutions, mechanisms and capacities to build resilience to hazards; and (c) to systematically incorporate disaster risk reduction into emergency preparedness, response and recovery programmes. CEB took note that the General Assembly had given the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction the tasks of acting as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and of ensuring synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organizations and activities in the socio-economic and humanitarian fields, and that as such, the secretariat supported the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.
CEB agreed to request that the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction facilitate the development of a mainstreaming policy, including programme coherence, for disaster risk reduction throughout the United Nations system, and to report back to it on progress made. The Board also stressed the importance of building on the existing work of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in disaster risk reduction in developing a United Nations climate change strategy and, for international collaboration on disaster risk reduction, of avoiding creating new mechanisms that would overlap with the Hyogo Framework of Action.