Disaster Risk Reduction

DSB is national focal point for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which is coordinated by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

The Sendai Framework covers all types of disasters except armed conflicts. It enhances understanding of disaster risk, strengthening risk governance, investing in disaster reduction for resilience, and enhancing effective response including 'building back better' in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

DSB, in cooperation with the Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the National Road Authority, coordinates the Norwegian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Naturfareforum). Natural hazards and climate change is the main priority of the National Platform, and DSB has participated in several international working groups on the topic, including under the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Warsaw Mechanism for Loss and Damage under the UNFCCC.

DSB participates in the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The convention enhances the prevention of industrial accidents and especially their transboundary effects in the region, which stretches from Canada and the USA in the west to the Russian Federation and Central Asia in the east.

Further, DSB participates in the Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (SAGEE), which serves as the principal advisory group to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and UN Environment. SAGEE provides strategic direction and advice related to environmental impacts of disasters.