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Disaster risk management in post-2015 development goals: potential targets and indicators

Disasters can hamper economic growth, affect poverty levels and cause human suffering. This paper argues that including measures to promote disaster risk management (DRM) in the post-2015 development goals is needed to incentivise investment in advance of shocks to protect lives and livelihoods, but also to save money. It explores three scenarios for how DRM could be included in the post-2015 framework: a standalone goal on disasters, supported by targets; a target on disasters within a goal on resilience, security or tackling obstacles to development; integration of DRM into other goals. The report particularly highlights how DRM could be included in poverty reduction and education goals. It concludes that given intense competition between competing development priorities, disasters will invariably have a limited profile within the post-2015 framework. The framework must therefore not be seen as the ultimate vehicle for delivering the full range of objectives of the DRM community.