13 October 2017
Disasters produced by natural hazards strike societies at the heart and affect millions of people every year worldwide. Held every year on 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
In 2016, 24.2 million persons had to leave their homes because of disasters. Over the last twenty years, more than 1.35 million have died as a result of their vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards, with women and girls bearing a heavy toll. In the last two decades, over 4 billion persons have been displaced and left homeless, injured or in need of emergency assistance. These figures are likely to increase with the rising pressures of climate change, overpopulation and urbanization.
UNESCO stands in solidarity with all the persons affected by disasters worldwide. This must translate into concrete public policies to take forward implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. UNESCO is acting across the board to advocate for risk awareness, prevention and preparedness. Operating at the interface between the natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication, the Organization works to reduce exposure and displacements through capacity building, knowledge sharing and networking, early warning and policy advice.
“Home Safe Home” is the slogan for this International Day for Disaster Reduction. This is an opportunity to mobilize the world and to strengthen collaboration with all stakeholders.
More information is available here.
Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction