The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR
), hosted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR
), held every 13 October in the UN Headquarters in New-York, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
The 2016 edition marks the launch of the new "Sendai Seven
" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework
which are focused on achieving the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries by 2030.
“Live to Tell” is the first theme of the “Sendai Seven” and it is in this framework that during the panel discussion co-hosted by Bangladesh and Switzerland, UNISDR and UNDP, Mr. Donovan Guttieres, spoke on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth, focusing on youth perspectives and youth-led approaches to reducing mortality to disaster.
He highlighted several points, especially the role that young practitioners can play in the disaster risk management process. He also mentioned some examples of young engineers doing work to map disasters, as with the recent devastating Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
For more information, click on the following links:
#IDDR2016: Involving affected communities is key to reducing disaster mortality: www.unisdr.org/archive/50551
Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction webpage: www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/sendai-framework