On 2 February 2017, in adopting Resolution A/RES/71/276, the United Nations General (UN) Assembly endorsed the Report of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group (OIEWG) on Indicators and Terminology Related to Disaster Risk Reduction (A/71/644), and the recommendations for indicators and terminology relating to disaster risk reduction attached therein.
In the OIEWG Report, Member States requested the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to undertake technical work and provide technical guidance inter alia to:
1) Develop minimum standards and metadata for disaster-related data, statistics and analysis together with national government focal points, national disaster risk reduction offices, national statistical offices, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and other relevant partners.
2) Develop methodologies for the measurement of indicators and the processing of statistical data with relevant technical partners.
On December 2017, a first version of the Technical guidance for monitoring and reporting on progress in achieving the global targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was developed. It builds on: recommendations and deliberations of Member States in the OIEWG, technical documentation produced by the OIEWG Secretariat, deliberations of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)2, and technical consultations with Member States and experts since the submission of the OIEWG Report and of the IAEG-SDGs Report (E/CN.3/2017/2).
The document provides technical suggestions and considerations for Member States, relevant technical partners and the UNISDR in respect of applicable definitions and terminology, possible computation methodologies, data standards and critical issues.