Hyogo Framework for Action

In January 2005, 168 Governments adopted a 10-year plan to make the world safer from natural hazards at the Word Conference on Disaster Reduction, held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) is a global blueprint for disaster risk reduction efforts during the next decade. Its goal is to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2015 - in lives, and in the social, economic, and environmental assets of communities and countries.

The Framework offers guiding principles, priorities for action, and practical means for achieving disaster resilience for vulnerable communities. Priorities for action include:

  1. Ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and a local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation.
  2. Identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning.
  3. Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels.
  4. Reduce the underlying risk factors.
  5. Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels.

ProVention and its partner organisations are strong supporters of the commitments embodied in the Hyogo Framework for Action. A chart outlining key areas of mutual interest and support between the HFA and ProVentions strategic focus and activities, with a view to showing how ProVention expects to contribute towards the implementation of the HFA is available here.