Disaster Risk Reduction in Sustainable Development Goals


There has been an increasing recognition that disasters undermine our efforts to achieve sustainable development.

In tandem with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction(SFDRR), the other international policy frameworks adopted in 2015 such as Sustainable Development Summit also recognize the importance of disaster risk reduction.

Out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 10 include targets related to disaster risk management.

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Target 1.5, which relates to building the resilience of the poor, further strengthens the position of disaster risk reduction

as a core development strategy for ending extreme poverty.

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Target 2.4 supports the immediate need to advance actions in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate

adaptation into agriculture sector planning and investments in order to promote resilient livelihoods, food production

and ecosystems.

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Target 3.d, which relates to strengthening early warning and risk reduction of national and global health risks presents

an opportunity to further actions to promote resilient health.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target 4.7 focusing on building and upgrading education facilities and promoting education for sustainable development,

contribute significantly to resilience-building in the education sector.


Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Target 6.6, which relates to protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems, will significantly contribute to

strengthening the resilience of communities to water-related hazards.

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster


Targets 9.1 related to developing sustainable and resilient infrastructure development are vital not only to protect

existing infrastructure but also future infrastructure investments.

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Action targets under this goal (11.1, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5, 11.b and 11.c) focusing on upgrading urban slums, integrated

urban planning, reducing social and economic impacts of disaster risk, building the resilience of the urban poor,

adopting and implementing urban policies in line with the Sendai Framework and building sustainable and resilient

urban infrastructure are strategic opportunities to ensure increase capacity to support cities, protect current and future

development prospects and build safer, more resilient cities throughout the world.

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Target actions under this goal, focusing on strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity, capacity building and

integrating climate change measures into policies and plans, awareness raising on climate adaptation and early

warning (Targets 13.1 to 13.3 and 13.a to 13.b) provide opportunities to strengthen the integration between disaster

and climate resilience to protect broader development paths at all levels.

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Target action 14.2, focusing on the sustainable management and protection as well as strengthening resilience of

marine and coastal ecosystems, can contribute to reducing disaster risk and increase in demand for healthy marine

and coastal ecosystems.

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests,

combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Target actions 15.1 to 15.4 and 15.9, focusing on managing and restoring forests, combating land degradation and

desertification, conserving mountain ecosystems and their biodiversity and integrating ecosystem and biodiversity

values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies, all contribute to resilience

building. These targets are also in line with the Sendai Framework’s focus on building environmental resilience through

the inclusion of ecosystems in risk analysis and planning.


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