The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the WCCD have established a formal collaboration to support the development of globally-standardized indicators for city resilience. The collaboration was announced at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai Japan in March 2015.

UNISDR serves as the focal point for disaster risk reduction activities in the United Nations system. The organization supports the implementation, follow-up and review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Sendai Framework is a 15-year voluntary, non-binding agreement that maps out a broad, people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction.

UNISDR is leading the development of new ‘Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient’ with a group of city and expert partners. The ‘Ten Essentials’ is a framework for assessing disaster resilience and its impacts on cities based on the Sendai Framework. UNISDR is now working with the partner groups and cities to establish indicators that will provide a standardized platform for evaluating performance against each of the ‘Ten Essentials’. The ‘Ten Essentials’ will guide the development, prioritization and implementation of a portfolio or program of projects in order to achieve the resilience objectives for cities.

The UNISDR-WCCD collaboration has two initial priorities:

• UNISDR and WCCD are collaborating to maximize the alignment and complementarity between the ‘Ten Essentials’ and ISO 37120, as well as a proposed future ISO indicators standard for resilient cities. To ensure practicality and effectiveness, the partnership is supporting joint city-level testing of these indicator sets. 

• UNISDR and the WCCD is facilitating a global dialogue between the insurance industry, cities, and other key stakeholders to inform the development of practical, standardized indicators for city resilience that catalyze action and investment for resilience, and which also enhance insurability, reduce insurance costs and legal liabilities of municipal authorities, and reduce losses from disasters and extreme events. This will be advanced through a series of Regional Roundtables, with the North American Roundtable held in Toronto in April 2016.