About the book
This brochure explains why voluntary standards have a key role to play in the prevention and management of disaster risks, disruptions and crises. It is based on original analysis as well as an update to the paper produced by the UNECE secretariat as background for the United Nations publication “Global Assessment Report” (GAR) which was issued in early 2015 to support the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) that was held in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. Standards need to be brought into the toolbox of disaster risk reduction by both encouraging their use by business and by enhancing their role in legislation and regulatory practice. The analysis concludes with recommendations for actions that authorities can undertake to further the implementation of standards in the context of disaster risk reduction (DRR), and with an overview of current and future activities by the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies which support implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030, adopted at the 3rd WCDRR and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June 2015.