The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has recently released a pilot version of the Guidelines on Disaster Risk Governance. This is a culmination of 20 years of research and recommendations on disaster law. It is intended as a reference point for evaluating and enhancing domestic laws, policies, and plans related to disaster risk management. It also aims to guide the implementation of relevant international agreements, such as the Sendai Framework. The guidelines tackle various aspects of disaster risk management, including prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. They also cover critical cross-cutting issues like disaster displacement and safeguarding for marginalised groups. Each of these topics features a description of essential legal and practical issues and a checklist of requirements that need to be in place. The IFRC encourages feedback from disaster risk management experts and practitioners on the pilot version of the guidelines. Comments can be submitted via an online form or email. The final version of the guidelines will be released in early 2024 and presented to the 34th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in October 2024.


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