As its 107 plenary session, the Committee of the Regions of the European Union gave an Opinion on the post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action. The plenary took place on 25-26 June, last week.
This document is an opinion on the Post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action: managing risks to achieve resilience, adopted by the European Commission on 08 April 2014 (COM (2014)216). It provides policy recommendations on how to mitigate the impact of natural and manmade disasters and to build new framework for disaster risk reduction – the so-called post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
- It recognizes the institutional and political role of local and regional authorities (LRAs) at the frontline of disaster management, responsible for prevention and immediate response and rescue operations;
- calls on LRAs to fully apply open data policy for public safety and wellbeing;
- recommends further collaboration and investment in information systems and working with the private sector; and
- calls for further studies on the increasing role of mobile technology, the internet and social media in communicating disaster information.
The Opinion of the Committee of the Regions is available online.