Deeply concerned about the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011 and the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, CEB considered the issue of disaster risk reduction at its spring 2011 session. The situation in Japan has given rise to calls to reassess the international emergency response framework and the nuclear safety regime as well as ways to ensure the highest possible standards to safeguard health, food supply and the environment. In support of the coordination efforts of the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction, the discussion was aimed at fully mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development programmes.
28.    CEB discussed how to provide leadership on a coherent effort for a global action plan and accelerated efforts for disaster risk reduction, building on the important work already being done on the issue by many of its members and taking stock of the midterm review of the Hyogo Framework of Action, the outcomes of and follow-up to the 2010 high-level meetings on the Millennium Development Goals and on small island developing States. The Secretary-General and members of CEB reaffirmed their strong commitment to continue contributing to the overall United Nations effort in disaster risk reduction as a cross-cutting issue, and to ensure that actions to strengthen disaster risk management and climate change adaptation are mutually supportive.