Editorial

In March 2015, at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction WCDRR, in Sendai, Japan, the United Nations Member States will discuss and hopefully adopt the successor arrangements to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), referred to as the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

In preparing for a Post-2015 Framework for DRR, a number of international conferences and workshops have been organized in 2014 during the first half of the year. With this Planet@Risk Special Issue for the Post-2015 Framework for DRR, we want to provide an overview on these conferences with a particular focus on post-2015 relevant outcomes. We have asked a number of conference organizers and participants to send us a conference summary and to focus in particular on:

  1. taking stock of science and technology’s latest knowledge and advances for all phases of DRR;
  2. showcasing how science and technology have been supporting the implementation of the HFA;
  3. identifying gaps and needs for next steps and further research on DRR, on education and training, on implementation, and on practice and policy improvement that should be addressed in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
  4. revealing institutional commitments for the implementation of the Post-2015 Framework for DRR.

This Planet@Risk Special Issue for the Post-2015 Framework for DRR has been prepared as an input for the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014, to be held 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland (http://idrc.info/home/) and shall influence the conference outcome report of the IDRC Davos 2014. The conference outcome report of the IDRC Davos 2014 aims to influence the Post-2015 agenda such as the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to be discussed at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan.

I would like to thank the Reporting Authors of the conferences involved in this Planet@Risk Special Issue for their valuable work they share with us. I hope that you may gain a lot of new and useful insights with this Planet@Risk Special Issue for the Post-2015 Framework for DRR. Together we can make things happen!

Walter J. Ammann

Editor-in-Chief President Global Risk Forum Global Risk Forum GRF Davos Promenade 35 CH-7270 Davos Platz Switzerland Email: info@planet-risk.org