Sendai and disaster risk reduction

Making the difference for poverty, health and resilience

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework) is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and four priorities for action. It was endorsed by the UN General Assembly following the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).

7 Global Targets


  • Mortality / Global Population (2020 - 2030 Average < 2005 - 2015 Average)
  • Affected People / Global Population (2020 - 2030 Average < 2005 - 2015 Average)
  • Economic Loss / Global GDP (2030 ratio < 2015 Ratio)
  • Damage to critical infrastructure & disruption of basic services (2030 values < 2015 Values)


  • Countries with national & local DRR strategies (2020 Value > 2015 Value)
  • International Cooperation to developing countries (2030 Value > 2015 Value)
  • Availability and access to multi-hazard early warning systems & disaster risk information and assessments (2030 Values > 2015 Values)

The Sendai Framework is the central focus of two courses (ARBE6607 & ARBE6608) covered by CIFAL Newcastle and University of Newcastle's Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction.

These courses will enable students to develop an understanding of the implications of the Sendai Framework upon:

  • different levels of government, paying particular heed to hazard identification and the subsequent management of risk.
  • stakeholder expectations of private sector organisations, differentiating them by organisational role and context.