Celebrating International Day for Disaster Reduction: raising awareness about disasters

The 13th  October 2017 marked the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). This global event was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. The day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of  reducing risk.

This year’s theme was “Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement”, sought to raise global awareness about effective actions, policies and practices taken to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community and household level, thereby contributing to saving homes and livelihoods. This is a considerable challenge which can be accomplished only through coordination, cooperation and collaboration among many stakeholders.

Last year saw the launch of the "Sendai Seven" campaign by UNISDR, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework, the first of which is reducing disaster mortality. The campaign seeks to create awareness about actions taken to reduce mortality globally by promoting best practices at the international, regional and national level across all sectors, to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses. This year’s target is focussed on prevention, protection and reducing the number of people affected by disasters.

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