This resolution, adopted at the 33rd International Conference, aims to highlight the urgency and importance of strengthening domestic legislation and policy for DRM. It places a strong emphasis on the linkages between DRM, climate change adaptation and sustainable development. Equally, it emphasizes the importance of integrating the protection and inclusion of vulnerable groups into relevant disaster laws and policies to ensure that no one is left behind in DRM activities.
The resolution reaffirms the role of the International Conference as one of the key international forum for continued dialogue on the strengthening of disaster laws, rules and policies. It follows several earlier resolutions on disaster law, namely Resolution 1 – Final Goal 3.2 of the 28th International Conference, Resolution 4 of the 30th International Conference, Resolution 7 of the 31st International Conference and Resolution 6 of the 32nd International Conference.
The resolution recognizes the new Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response (the DPR Checklist) as a non-binding but important assessment tool to help States to review domestic legal frameworks for preparedness and response at the national, provincial and local level. It invites States to use the DPR Checklist to evaluate and improve the content and implementation of their laws, regulations and policies. It also encourages National Societies to continue to provide advice and support to their governments in this regard.
Some of the actions to be taken following the 33rd International Conference
By State members
- Use the new Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response to evaluate and improve laws, regulations and policies relating to disaster preparedness and response.
- Use law and policy to introduce innovative mechanisms for disaster risk management, such as anticipatory finance and risk transfer mechanisms.
- Consider whether domestic disaster laws, policies, strategies and plans protect the most vulnerable to ensure that no one is left behind in disaster risk management activities.
- Contribute resources to National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support their work in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.
By the Movement
- Continue to support States in the field of disaster law through technical assistance for the review and strengthening of disaster-related laws, policies, plans and procedures.
- Continue to conduct innovative research on disaster law and to develop guidance documents on best practice at the domestic level.
- Scale up efforts to promote disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation action at the community level, including nature-based solutions.
- Cooperate with States and regional organizations to strengthen links between humanitarian, development and climate change adaptation efforts.
Adopted resolution of the 33rd International Conference
Resolution 7 – Disaster laws and policies that leave no one behind
- Adopted resolution (33IC/19/R7)
- Background document (33IC/19/12.5)
- Annex: The Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response
Reporting on resolution
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Law and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Report launch
8 July 2021
virtual eventOrganized by: IFRC
Join IFRC Secretary General Jagan Chapagain and a high-level panel for the launch of the new report and the sharing of best legal practices and lessons in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.Please click here for more information
Launch of the Disaster Law Database
30 June 2021 (past event)
Webinar Yearbook of International Disaster Law “COVID-19: An International Disaster Law Perspective”
October 2020 (past event)Organized at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, in cooperation with the IFRC Disaster Law Programme and the Jean Monnet Project “Disseminating Disaster Law for Europe”
Other news and events on disaster law
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Climate Red Summit
September 2020 (past event)organized by: IFRC
Please visit the Climate Red Summit website to view the video recordings of the summitGo to the Climate Red Summit website
- The Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response
- The Checklist on Law and Disaster Risk Reduction
- The Checklist on the Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance (the IDRL Checklist)
- Guidelines for the Domestic Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance (IDRL Guidelines)
- Model Act for the Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance (with commentary)
- Model Emergency Decree for the Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance
- The Handbook on Law and Disaster Risk Reduction
- To view all resolutions and documents on disaster law and disaster response and relief from previous International Conferences in the IFRC Disaster Law Database, please click here.
- To view other documents, publications, case law and treaties related to disaster response and relief, please visit the IFRC Disaster Law Database.
- International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Ambitions to Address the Climate Crisis
- To view publications on climate-smart disaster reduction, please visit the IFRC Climate–Smart Disaster Risk Reduction web page
- To view reports, case studies and publications related to Red Cross Red Crescent actions on climate change, please visit the IFRC Climate Centre’s website
Reporting on pledges related to this resolution