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European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (21–23 November 2018) Rome

The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (21–23 November 2018) in Rome hosted representatives of 20 European countries, relevant international organizations and bodies (such as the World Bank, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the European Commission), stakeholders groups and partners.

Moving from the commitments assumed under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, the final communiqué of the Forum highlights the importance of a whole-of-society approach, ‘involv[ing] key stakeholder groups including women, persons living with disability, youth and children, elderly persons, the private sector and civil society in all its
diversity’.

The document lists, inter alia, the following commitments: (a) establishing and enabling the national and local disaster risk reduction strategies through a system-wide approach promoting inclusiveness and resilient investments; (b) ensuring disaster risk assessments as a prerequisite for infrastructure investments; (c) promoting public and private risk-informed investments; (d) supporting the disaster risk management and civil protection authorities to better integrate the risks of climate change into risk reduction, prevention, preparedness and response actions.