The Board reviewed the progress made towards mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in the policies and strategies in the United Nations system. Given the growing frequency and severity of natural disasters in recent years, CEB agreed on the need to consider disaster risk reduction as a cross-cutting issue at all levels, and endorsed the following actions by entities of the United Nations system:

  • Examining the extent to which their existing mandates or policies are in line with the Hyogo Framework and, if necessary, requesting their executive boards to consider revising/updating them;
  • Reviewing and recognizing the stage they have reached in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction activities in their ongoing work;
  • Based on the above reviews, seeking to reallocate resources, as feasible, in accordance with their roles and responsibilities for disaster risk reduction, in particular in support of the needs of national counterparts in the context of the United Nations country team work and closely coordinated under the supervision of the resident coordinators;
  • Incorporating disaster risk reduction objectives in their own results-based management systems, including developing and monitoring the appropriate outcome indicators, measured against the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Contributing to strong United Nations system leadership on disaster risk reduction in their own sectors and participating in International Strategy for Disaster Reduction processes to advocate at the highest political levels, particularly in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and events associated with the General Assembly and other governing bodies of the United Nations system;
  • Deciding to take up this issue periodically in order to enable reorting on the progress made.