Step up for Disaster Risk Reduction: UN celebrates IDDR

The International Day for Disaster Reduction
Credit: UNISDR

13 October 2012 is the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDRR). IDRR seeks to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. The theme of the 2012 IDDR is “Women and Girls – the [in]Visible Force of Resilience”. Women and girls are powerful agents of change. They have unique knowledge and skills - crucial when addressing or managing disaster risks. They must participate in poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction that will shape their future and those of their families and communities. IDDR encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. 

UN-SPIDER celebrates IDRR during a Technical Advisory Mission to Mozambique striving to enable countries to improve their Disaster Risk Reduction practices using space-based information and related geospatial information.

The UN General Assembly sees the IDDR as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Originally celebrated on the second Wednesday of October (resolution 44/236, 22 December 1989), the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13th as the date to celebrate the IDDR (resolution 64/200, 21 December 2009). This year the United Nations will observe IDDR on Friday 12 October. At the occasion of IDRR, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a message.