Disaster Risk Reduction


A woman sells produce at a flooded market place. Hurricane Sandy Causes Heavy Rains and Floods in Haiti - UN Photo by Logan Abassi

UN Photo by Logan Abassi

Disaster impacts have persistent, long-term negative effects on poverty and human development that undermine the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

While development has the potential to significantly reduce disaster risk, inappropriate development choices can also exacerbate vulnerabilities and aggravate the negative effects of disasters. Disaster risk reduction aims at addressing the underlying risk factors in order to reduce avoidable loss of life, property and livelihoods. Reducing vulnerabilities, mitigating disaster impacts and improving UNCTs responses to future disasters correlate strongly with fostering the MDGs and safeguarding development gains.

In 2007, the UN Secretary-General’s Policy Committee recommended that more need to be done to further mainstream disaster risk reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action into the UN system policies and practices. UN country teams have a critical role to play in taking this agenda forward at the country level. The CCA/UNDAF process is one important way that the UNCT can demonstrate its commitment and articulate how it plans to support national risk reduction efforts.

The UNDG has established a roster of trained DRR experts to effectively support UNCTs in integrating DRR into country analysis and the UNDAF. UNCTs can request in-country DRR training and technical support by contacting the UN System Staff College: rcs@unssc.org.

Policy Framework

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Publication Date
Files and links
Joint letter on Common Framework for Preparedness2014
Final Common Framework for Preparedness2013
Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters2005
Disaster Risk Reduction - Decisions of the Secretary General2007

Guidance and Tools

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Publication Date
Files and links
UNDG Guidance Note on Integrating Climate Change Considerations in the Country Analysis and the UNDAF2010

Good Practices

References

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction is a comprehensive review and analysis of disaster risk and risk management. It is published every two years. The 2013 edition looks at how public regulation and private investment shape disaster risk.

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Publication Date
Files and links
Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction2013