What happened in Sendai? (and how did you miss it?)

By Amanda Thuy-An Nguyen,  2017 MPH Candidate, Emory University   May 2, 2017

 In 2015, the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Sendai, Japan.

The outcome of the five-day conference is a new global agreement to manage disaster risk worldwide – the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030……

and most Americans have never even heard of it!


The Sendai Framework strives to “substantially reduce disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods, and health and in the economic,

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The Road to Sendai (and a safer world)

By Amanda Thuy-An Nguyen,  2017 MPH Candidate, Emory University   April 19, 2017

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“The Road to Sendai” is a three-part blog series exploring the global disaster reduction movement and the triad of disaster risk reduction, climate change, and sustainable development.  

The road begins in Rio…

United Nations Agenda 21 was the beginning of the road to Sendai. Agenda 21 was the product of the Earth Summit, also known as the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It called for the integration of environment and development concerns on a global scale as the world was transitioning into the 21st century [1].

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How do people die in disasters and what can be done?

A short paper to support the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016: “Live to Tell”

During the past 50 years (1966-2015) 20,533 disasters caused an estimated 4.5 million deaths worldwide. Natural hazards caused 62% of these disasters and 38% were human-induced. [1] We are reminded that, sadly, most disasters (and disaster deaths) that could happen have not happened yet. (GAR 2015, p54.)[2] This paper describes disaster mortality and what measures can be taken to reduce the mortality from future hazardous events, including disasters.


Disaster-related mortality is defined as those deaths occurring where the immediate or the underlying cause(s) occur as a result of exposure to a natural or human-induced hazard.

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