Regional Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2023 Europe and Central Asia

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Öztiğ L. I.

United Nations, pp.120, İstanbul, 2023

  • Publication Type: Expert Report / Expert Report
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • City: İstanbul
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In his 2021 report on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 (United Nations, General Assembly, 2015a), the Secretary-General also underscored that “Decades of risk creation can be reversed through immediate action to implement the Sendai Framework and its prospective, preventive and inclusive approach to disaster risk reduction” (United Nations, General Assembly, 2021). However, in his 2022 report, he concluded that “no country is on track to achieve the seven global targets of the Framework by 2030” (United Nations, General Assembly, 2022). 

The global risk landscape is dynamic and evolving. Over recent years, this dynamism has accelerated as the drivers of risk combine and feed back into one another. To stay abreast of the challenges, the international community must anticipate shocks. It must also develop capacities to identify the true sources of risk and adapt quickly to non-linear changes. Past approaches to compartmentalize risk and design interventions for distinct areas of risk reduction have proven ineffective when tested against real events. 

Geographic boundaries are meaningless to hazards such as air pollution or wildfires. The lag effect of desertification or glacial melt means they defy most risk assessment timescales. And epidemics and industrial accidents give lie to the fallacy of managing risk within one discipline or sector. Simplification of the looming challenges can be dangerous. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 (GAR2019) insists that by “incentivizing transdisciplinary integrated, multisectoral research, risk assessment and decision-making efficiency can be improved, duplication of effort reduced, and connected collective action facilitated” (UNDRR, 2019a).