The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced its intention to double the overall support for disaster reduction over the next five years and adding five countries per year to the "growing list of countries on track to becoming champions in disaster
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, UNISDR, announced the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012. Officially it is on the 13th of October, but as this year it falls on Saturday, the UN will observe the day on Friday 12th of October.
This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
There is an increasing trend in disasters both in frequency as well as in the damage caused in terms of human casualties, economic and ecological damage. With the use of Space Technology and GIS it is possible to assess impacts of natural phenomena like floods, drought, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions and forest fires.
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Government of the Republic of Korea are opening Asia's first ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction in Incheon, Republic of Korea.