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OIC Attends the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Japan

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, 28 Jumada I, 1436, 19 March 2015) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) participated, as Observer, to the 3rd UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), held in Sendai, Japan, on 14-18 March 2015, which was aimed at assessing the 1995 Hyogo Framework for Action and to chart priorities for the post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, for a better understanding of disaster risk, strengthening its management and investing in DRR for resilience, as well as enhancing the preparedness for effective response in term of recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

As outcome document, the Sendai Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction intents to adopt, the new Post 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction “Mainstreaming DRR towards building resilience" or "DRR for building resilience", which will address the emerging challenges and implementation gaps that have been noticed in national and global actions and help promote more disaster prevention and management prone initiatives. The new document will have a particular focus on developing resilience building, mitigating vulnerability and exposure to disasters, fighting poverty, establishing a strong institutional framework at various levels, fostering partnership and inclusiveness notably for the business sector and enhancing international cooperation. It further recommends issuing periodic reviews, building awareness of local communities, taking on board the needs of vulnerable persons, including disabled people, promoting capacity building and strengthening governance at all levels.

According to statement issue by the OIC the organization delegation had the occasion to deliver a speech, under agenda item 9, dedicated to International Organizations Official Statements, during the Plenary Session held on 16 March 2015. It reiterated the OIC's engagement to work actively for the reduction of the disasters risk and its full commitment towards enhancing the implementation of the HFA1 by its Member States, which are paying a heavy toll to disasters with far reaching human losses and humanitarian, economic and environmental consequences.

The OIC subsequently called for an increased cooperation and partnership at national, regional and international levels with relevant actors intervening both at local and national fields in the area of disaster risk reduction and management as well as for building resilience of affected countries through the establishment of strong disaster risk prevention and management national strategies.

The Deputy Permanent Observer of the OIC Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, Mrs. Aissata Kane, who delivered the statement also touched upon the OIC efforts and actions taken in addressing this issue by referring to the OIC Strategy on disaster risk reduction considered during the Ministerial Environment Conference organized by the OIC in 2012.