Our commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction

Ambition for Ageing (AfA), a National Lottery Community fund funded project led by GMCVO, are helping Greater Manchester meet the ‘United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’ (UNISDR) voluntary commitments for the International Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Sendai Framework 2015 - 2030 was adopted by UN Member States in March 2015 at the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai City, Japan. It is designed to be a global roadmap for reducing disaster losses by 2030.

UNISDR will log voluntary commitments by partners working on the Sendai Framework by logging commitments in an open and accessible platform, which exists to inform the public of work being done and for UNISDR to monitor and take stock to increase the effectiveness of stakeholders’ shared responsibility towards Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

Our commitment aims to ensure that older people are heard when designing disaster resilience building programmes, enabling Greater Manchester to co-identify potential solutions and approaches to resilience. Click here to view our commitment on the UNISDR website, or see below for a summary of what we’ve done so far, and what’s coming up.

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR

1) Resilience in an Ageing Greater Manchester

AfA undertook workshops and focus groups to understand the stresses that can lead to the inability of communities to deal effectively with shocks, focusing on the key areas of social cohesion and population growth.

Three marginalising characteristics were chosen for these conversations including 1) retired older men from Salford, 2) older Asian women in Oldham and 3) Refugees.  

Click here to read the final report and briefing.

2) Presented findings to the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction

AfA presented this piece of research at the Forum in Rome in November 2018. Click here to watch.

WHAT’S COMING UP

1) Present findings to GM policy makers and the wider public

On Wednesday 20th March, AfA will present the findings of ‘Resilience in an Ageing Greater Manchester’. Click here for more information and to book yourself a place.

 

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