SEI Publication

Author(s): Thomalla, F., K. Johnson, S. Bharwani, Å. Johannessen and R. Butterfield

Year: 2015

In: Brief for the Global Sustainable Development Report 2015

Type: Policy brief



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Transforming disaster risk reduction for more inclusive, equitable and sustainable development

This article highlights three key areas in which efforts to reduce the underlying causes of vulnerability and drivers of risk to environmental hazards need to be improved in order to create more inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.

In particular, it examines 1) the role of context and culture in creating risk, 2) the need to better link disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (adaptation) and development, and 3) how to enable transformative change.

The authors argue that DRR efforts are at a crossroads, and the post-2015 environment provides an opportunity to reshape the agenda. The post-2015 DRR framework discussions are occurring at the same time as the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals and a new agreement on international climate change action. At this critical junction, researchers must enhance understanding of the root causes of vulnerability and risk through a contextual and cultural lens, strengthen linkages between different communities of practice, and explore potential adaptive processes and transformations.

Lastly, the authors argue, a critical evaluation of the post-2015 agenda informed by issues of power, competing value systems, social equity and justice is crucial.


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Note: This brief is part of a collection of "crowdsourced briefs" from the scientific community solicited by the United Nations to inform the Global Sustainable Development Report, which will be reviewed by policy-makers at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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