13 October 2021

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction - 13 October.

Every October 13th, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrates how communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. It’s also a day to raise awareness about the importance of trying to control some of the risks communities face.

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. The 2021 edition focuses on “International cooperation for developing countries to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses.”  This is the sixth of the Sendai Seven targets.

The year 2021 promises to be a make or break year when it comes to delivering on the policy agenda agreed in 2015. Without real action on climate in the next ten years, extreme weather events will be overwhelming, especially for developing countries. 

On December 22nd, 1989, the UN designated the 2nd Wednesday of October International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. The day was to be observed every year in conjunction with the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999. In 2009, the UN changed the date of the observance to October 13th. In 2019, the day was changed to the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Source: www.un.org.

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