International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

By resolution 44/236 of 22 December 1989, the General Assembly decided to declare the second Wednesday of October as International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. International Day was celebrated annually during the International Decade for Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999.

On 21 December 2009, the General Assembly, in its resolution 64/200, decided to proclaim 13 October as the date of the Day and changed the name to International Day for Disaster Reduction. In resolution A / RES / 73/231, the General Assembly decided to rename this Day as International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Day’s goal is to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce disaster risk.

Natural disasters have a disproportionate impact on low- and middle-income countries, especially in terms of fatalities, injuries, displaced persons and homelessness, economic loss and damage to critical infrastructure. We cannot eradicate poverty and hunger without increasing investment in disaster risk reduction. International cooperation for developing countries through official development assistance and capacity building is essential to build resilience to disasters in the face of extreme weather events and other natural and man-made threats.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNODR), together with representatives of academia, practitioners, experts, determines the level of danger around the world: identifies new risks, monitors the development of the situation, predicts the likely consequences of natural disasters and reports on the measures taken to reduce risks. The results of this work are reflected in the Global Analytical Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, which is published every two years. 2019 Report.


Mahrijemal HAMRAYEVA,

1st year student of the Faculty of International Relations
of the Institute of International Relations of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.


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