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WED4.4: Rio+20 and The Future of Sustainability and Disaster Risk Reduction
Session supported by DKKV and GIZ
Rio+20 and the future of sustainability and disaster risk reduction
1DKKV; 2Global Risk Forum, GRF Davos
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June 2012, brought together several thousands of participants from governments, international and non-governmental organizations, the scientific community, and the private sector. Rio+20 deliberated on ways and means to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection in the future. The Summit focused on seven key priority themes for sustainable development, one of which was disaster readiness. Consequently, the Rio+20 Outcome Document The Future We Want states: "We call for disaster risk reduction and building of resilience to disasters to be addressed with a renewed sense of urgency in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and, as appropriate, to be integrated into policies, plans, programmes, and budgets at all levels and considered within relevant future frameworks". (The Future We Want 2012) Rio+20 also addressed the necessity of enhanced interrelation, coordination and incorporation of DRR and Climate Change Adaptation. While the primary target actor groups addressed in the Outcome Document are national governments and inter-governmental processes, bottom-up action and the role of local governments as well as that of civil society do constitute corner pieces without which sustained action will be sub-optimal if not impossible.