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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

13 October

Disasters induced by natural and technological hazards affect millions of people every year worldwide, but much of their impact can be reduced through pro-active measures and planning. The International Day for Disaster Reduction, held each year on 13 October,  celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. 
UNESCO is engaged in the conceptual shift in thinking away from post-disaster reaction and towards pre-disaster action and helps countries build their capacities in managing disaster and climate risk.

"UNESCO is undertaking a series of actions and projects – from organizing a series of dialogues with the goal of boosting support for SIDS, to building technical capacities among the most vulnerable to fight climate change. The Adaptation Fund for Haiti, with US $9.9 million of support, is just one of our successes."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

With that in mind, and maintaining the focus of the Day on the impact disasters have on communities, individuals and infrastructures, deeply affecting their wellbeing, this year’s theme is focused on conveying the message that many disasters can be avoided or prevented if there are disaster risk reduction strategies in place to manage and reduce existing levels of risk and to avoid the creation of new risk. In short, “good disaster risk governance.”

Join the conversation with the hashtags  #OnlyTogether #DRRday and check below what UNESCO has organized for the Celebration of this day!

You can also celebrate by visiting a UNESCO Global Geopark near you! Many UNESCO Global Geoparks are organizing events.

What UNESCO does for disaster risk reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction
School Safety Assessment: VISUS Methodology
Education for Sustainable Development
Education in Emergencies
Culture in Emergencies
Early Warning Systems for Geohazard Risk Reduction
Disaster Risk Reduction in UNESCO designated sites
Youth & DRR
Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation Systems
Sustainable Historic Environments
"We can do more and we will do more, because we owe it to those affected by disasters worldwide – the victims of cyclones and flooding in Fiji and East Timor, the earthquake and tropical storm in Haiti, volcanic eruptions in the Canary Islands and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and so many others. Today, let us all come together to support the international community in implementing disaster risk reduction strategies.."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO


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