The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) 14-18 March 2014 (Sendai, Japan)

Image Credits : Peaceboat

Image Credits : Peaceboat

In 2014 Youth Beyond Disasters formed in partnership with the UNISDR to mobilize children and youth in the build up to the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Through the mobilization, the network seeks to unify and build on the work of UNESCO, Eubios Ethics Institute, partner Universities, agencies and other people dedicated to taking simple steps to lessen the impact natural hazards like storms, fires, floods and earthquakes have on our communities.

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution for 2013 on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document and will have the following objectives:

  • To complete assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
  • To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations as well as relevant regional agreements within the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action;
  • To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
  • To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction; and
  • To determine modalities to periodically review the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

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The United Nations Sasakawa Award 2015 Open for Nominations



Deadline: October 31, 2014


Nominations of individuals or organizations that are visionary and able to anticipate future needs are being accepted for the United Nations Sasakawa Award 2015 for Disaster Risk Reduction, under the theme ‘Shaping the Future.’


  • $50,000 to Laureate
  • Certificate of Distinction
  • Certificate of Merit

The prize will be awarded at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March 2015.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nominations can be made by – Former United Nations Sasakawa Award Laureates; individuals that are part of the UNISDR thematic platforms and other networks (this may include national or local government officials, NGOs, academic institutions, the private sector, regional organizations and those who took part in sessions of the Global platform for Disaster risk reduction; representatives of institutions dealing with disaster prevention and mitigation; and United Nations agencies, funds and programs and UN resident coordinators; permanent missions to UN offices around the world.
  • Nominators must submit a letter of nomination.
  • Nominees can be individuals, community groups, civil society organizations, government agencies at local or national level, NGOs or private sector entities.
  • Nominees must demonstrate:
  1. A distinguished track record.
  2. An understanding of impacts of disasters and how to manage the risks we face.
    The ability to transmit new insights and knowledge to the wider community on how to build resilience to disasters and live sustainably.
  3. The vision and charisma to engage the wider community in activities that help strengthen society’s ability to be resilient.
  4. The talent for making clear proposals and recommendations to influence disaster risk reduction policy based on evidence.
  5. The potential to shape the future of how disaster risk is prevented, reduced and managed.
  • Previous winners cannot be nominated.
  • Self nominations are not accepted.

The nomination letter must be followed by a package of supporting documents from the nominee. Supporting documents include – an essay written by the nominee describing the results of initiative they are undertaking to reduce the impact of disasters and build disaster resilience and the financial implications of the initiative that has been nominated. Other documents include (not mandatory) photos; power-point slideshow; video; books; character references; posters, pamphlets and similar printed material (excluding books).