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International Day for Disaster Reduction

International Day for Disaster Reduction began as early as 1989. That’s the year when The United Nations General Assembly chose a day to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction.

A brief history of International Day for Disaster Reduction

International Day for Disaster Reduction is a day to celebrate how people and communities around the world are trying everything in their power to; reduce risk, minimize their exposure to disasters and create awareness about the importance of improving preparedness for natural calamities and man-made disasters. A cause we can very much relate to since we serve compassionate humanitarians who are willing to do everything in their power to help those who need it most. We’re often asked to provide travel to the most unusual locations after a disaster has wreaked havoc on the local population.

“Traditional and indigenous knowledge is the indispensable information base for many societies seeking to live in harmony with nature and adapt to disruptive weather events, a warming globe and rising seas.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The 2016 campaign seeks to create a wave of awareness about actions taken to reduce mortality rates around the world. Since this year, International Day for Disaster Reduction is centered on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. It is a framework which aims to achieve a substantial reduction in disaster risk and loss of lives as well as an improvement in livelihoods, health, coupled with economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of people, businesses, communities, and countries. It consists of seven goals, the first of which is to substantially reduce global disaster mortality by 2030, aiming to lower average per 100,000 global mortality rate in the decade 2020-2030 compared with the period 2005-2015. Next to this inspiring goal, the campaign also aims to:

  • Substantially reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030, seeking to lower global average figure per 100,000 in the decade 2020 -2030 compared to the period 2005-2015;
  • Reduce direct disaster economic loss in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030;
  • Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of essential services, among them health and education, through developing their resilience by 2030;
  • Considerably increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020;
  • Substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of this Framework by 2030; and
  • Considerably increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030.