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Review of the Sendai Framework Monitor and Sustainable Development Goals indicators for their inclusion into INFORM Global Risk Index

Abstract: 

The objective of the presented study is to review opportunities for the improvement of the multi-hazard risk assessment INFORM Global Risk Index (GRI) with new indicators produced by the monitoring system of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The implementation of both the agendas requires a solid framework of indicators to monitor the progress made on reducing disaster risk - Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) - and in achieving a sustainable development - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The two monitoring frameworks will provide a unique set of reliable, consistent, and comparable indicators required to understand the disaster risk reduction drivers and underlying risk factors linked to the pursued sustainable development. This creates a unique opportunity for enhancing the quality and the coverage of the underlying indicators used in the INFORM GRI while offering the possibility for cross-checking of the results of these monitoring programs with the assessment of the risk levels for humanitarian crisis calculated by the INFORM GRI. This report describes the process towards the identification of the indicators from Sendai Monitor and SDGs that can be potentially included in the next releases of the INFORM GRI model in order to improve the quality of the assessment. Many data gaps remain, especially on the SFM reporting, making the integration of most of the indicators diluted in time, and in some cases uncertain. Only seven indicators were considered ready to be included in the next release of the INFORM GRI, with a minimal influence on the model’s results. On the others hand, once available the new indicators will help to fill some of the identified gaps due to data unavailability of the current INFORM GRI model. Particularly the SFM indicators will provide an essential contribution on assessing the capacity of countries towards risk reduction.