The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) took place in Sendai (Japan) from 14 to 18 March 2015. The Conference reviewed progress made through implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 and adopted a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. The overall aim was to further propel change at the country level with the active engagement of all stakeholders. Parliaments and IPU in particular were expected to play an important role in future efforts to increase the resilience of societies and minimize the risk of disasters.
The Parliamentary Meeting on the occasion of the WCDRR brought together members of national and regional parliaments who attended the WCDRR as part of their national delegations. The meeting aimed to increase understanding among parliamentarians of key elements of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction and identify of a set of concrete actions that parliamentarians can take to implement the framework. It also sought to identify major opportunities for parliamentarians to strengthen governance and improve legislation relevant to disaster risk reduction.