Understanding the Sendai Framework in coherence with SDGs at National Level: Development of Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies

This course supports national government officials and their relevant stakeholders to understand disaster risk reduction and how to develop or strengthen national DRR strategies as called for by Target E of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and SDGs 1, 11 and 13. 


Breaking the silos
SDG11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG13: Climate action
National disaster risk reduction strategies and plans
climate change adaptation
comprehensive risk management
disaster risk reduction
national strategies

Pursuit of the Goals requires strategic, inclusive and all-of-society approaches. Reflecting this foundational requirement, Sendai Framework global Target E calls to “substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020”. Target E is shared with indicators of SDG 1 that calls for an end to poverty, SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities, and SDG 13 on climate action.1

National and local disaster risk reduction strategies are essential for implementing and monitoring a country’s multi-hazard risk reduction priorities by setting implementation milestones, establishing key roles and responsibilities of government and nongovernment actors, and identifying technical and financial resources. In order to implement the priorities they are set out to achieve, they need to be supported by a well-coordinated institutional architecture, legislative mandates, political buy-in of decision-makers, and human and financial capacities at all levels of society.

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Target Audience

National government and their other relevant stakeholders.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and develop disaster risk-informed policies in coherence with climate change and other sustainable development measures.


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