Diamonds are…

Value. How do we place it on what’s at risk. Implicitly we think we know, because our default position with what’s at risk in disasters is life, and property. But we know from dealing with the consequences that it is way more complex than that. A recent workshop I attended through the Bushfire and Natural […]

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Sendai Framework

So, after all that, here it is, the Sendai Framework. The closing ceremony had to be postponed as negotiations continued, apparently stuck on technological transfers. The four priorities are 1. Understanding disaster risk; 2 Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk; 3 Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience; 4 Enhancing disaster preparedness for […]

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Sasakawa Day 4: 3 WCDRR

I needed to change it up a bit today. Day four, and the energy is flagging a bit. I’d hate to think about how the negotiators are going. Apparently they were at it until 4 am this morning. As a result of less relevant (and perhaps less interesting) sessions, and the feeling of cabin fever, […]

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Billion 3WCDRR Day 2

A beautiful cold crisp morning greeted us today in Sendai. Staying about 20mins walk from the conference centre is great, it allows you to think going to and from. I try to take different streets to mix it up a bit. Sendai is a town that has clearly been rebuilt time and time again, there […]

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Stratospheric Day 1 3rd WCDRR

Konnichiwa. The UN’s 3rd World Disaster Risk Reduction Conference is on in Sendai, Japan. And I’m here. And it’s big. No huge. Estimated 30,000 people here. This is nothing like I have experienced, sitting in audiences with Ministers, royalty heads of state, Ambassadors, presenting.  It’s so high level, it’s nose bleeding stuff. The day started […]

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