13th October 2016 is International Day for Disaster Reduction, which was established in 1989 as a day to acknowledge the work done around the world to reduce communities’ exposure to disasters and to raise awareness about the importance of risk-awareness.
We can replace material possessions, but we cannot replace people. I am repeatedly appalled at how many people die in disasters. The majority of victims are invariably the poor and vulnerable.
Today, hundreds of millions of people live at risk from rising seas, earthquakes, drought, heatwaves, floods and storms. They live on marginal lands, beneath unstable hillsides or on storm-exposed coastlines. This is why eradicating extreme poverty — the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, is essential to reducing disaster risk.
– Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, Message for International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016
This year the theme is “Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, Reducing Mortality.” International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016 also marks the launch of the new “Sendai Seven” campaign by UNISDR, which encourages all people and organisations around the world to “promote best practices at the international, regional and national level across all sectors, to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses.”
Read about the “Sendai Seven” campaign:
For more information about International Day for Disaster Reduction, head to www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday or www.unisdr.org/we/campaign/iddr.