What is International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction?


The International Day for Disaster-Reduction was observed across the globe on October 13, 2018, to promote a global culture of risk-awareness as well as disaster reduction.

The day celebrated how people and the organizations around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and also raising awareness about the risks which are associated with them.

The 2017 edition continues under the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centered on the 7 targets of the Sendai Framework. This year’s focus is Target B: Reducing the no. of affected people by disasters by the year 2030.

International Day for Disaster Reduction empowers each and every individual, network and the govt. to partake building more disaster-resilient networks and nations.

This meeting will be sorted out to mark the International Day for the Disaster Risk Reduction.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

This is the 3rd year of the Sendai Seven Campaign, which uses the International Day for Disaster Reduction to draw the attention to the 7 targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which was adopted as a global plan to reduce the disaster losses by the UN Member States.

The overall theme of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in the year 2018 is reducing the economic loss of the disasters which is Target (c) of the Sendai Framework.

2019 Theme: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services

When was the day proclaimed?

• In 1989, the UN General Assembly through a resolution had designated that the 2nd Wednesday of October as International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction.

• Later on December 21, 2009, the Assembly adopted a new resolution on which it designated 13 October as the date to commemorate the Day and it also changed the day’s name to International Day for Disaster Reduction.

• The main objective of the observance is to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters.


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