UNDRR: A Framework for Global Science

14 January 2022

In 2019, the International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) invited the Integrated Research for Disaster Risk program (IRDR) to lead on the development of a global research agenda for risk-informed development to guide impactful international disaster risk research and its funding. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the integrated nature of human development and planetary health, brought renewed urgency to tackling the underlying drivers of risks at different scales, and demonstrated the vital role of science in coping with and preventing future crises.

This document takes stock of recent developments in disaster risk science and provides a compelling set of directions for research and scientific collaboration for a more holistic and collaborative approach to understanding and managing risks. It challenges silos in science and in society and the notion that social, ecological, economic and technological systems can be understood in isolation from one another, and advocates for an increased focus on people.

Two groups were established to support the development of the agenda (see appendices 1 and 2 for details of the groups and consultation process): a Core Group and Expert Review Group (see figure 2.1). The Core Group is responsible for guiding the development of the agenda and the process used, while the Expert Review Group provides review and commentary from diverse perspectives. Membership of the Core Group consists of representatives of the ISC, UNDRR, the IRDR Scientific Committee, IRDR Executive Director and other IRDR and external members. The Expert Review Group consists of Core Group members and representatives with expertise in DRR, climate, sustainability, development and the private sector, as well as representatives of the UNDRR Science and Technology Advisory Groups.

The report references a report by Clarissa Rios Rojas, who was also part of the Expert Review Group, "Pathways for linking Science and Policy in the field of Global Risk" as an example of best practice.

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