“Reconnecting civil society and science with policy making is the first task in implementing the SFDRR”

Just in time for the ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SC member Mark Pelling (of King’s College London) and Lucy Pearson (of the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction – GNDR) released a new publication in the Journal of Extreme Events on the 9th of September.

The UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030: Negotiation Process and Prospects for Science and Practice reflects on the SFDRR negotiation process and how the governments’ negotiating the framework were largely divorced from the activities happening in parallel at WCDRR. Thus the framework lags behind cutting edge science and practitioner’s experience of DRR. The article points out several advances and some retreats from the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 and ends with a call to reconnect civil society and science with policy making.