October 13- International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

This day is marked as International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction with a vision to promote risk awareness and disaster reduction culture. This day celebrates how people all across the globe are coming together to reduce the risk of disasters and also raising awareness.

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The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Sendai, Japan, in the year 2015, and it was a reminder to the international community that the disasters hit the hardest at the local level and hence it is important to strengthen capacities at the local level on an urgent basis.

Some Facts:

  • Allocation for emergency response is approximately 20 times higher than for prevention and preparedness, countering sustainability principles.
  • There is no such thing as a natural disaster, only natural hazards.
  • Risk is the combination of hazard, exposure, and vulnerability.
  • Death, loss, and damage are the function of the context of hazard, exposure, and vulnerability.
  • Data and analytics tend to compartmentalize risk to make it seem simple and quantifiable – which is dangerous – a focus on numbers emphasizes direct short-term consequences.

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2021 Edition- International cooperation for developing countries to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses

The impact of disasters is not proportionate on all countries, and it is the low and middle-income countries that suffer the most. The impact could be in terms of morality, many people injured, displaced, and homeless, economic losses, and infrastructure damage. Hence it is crucial to have international cooperation for developing countries to boost disaster resilience. 

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By: Mahak Rathee 

Global Representative (India) 

Roya Institute of Global Justice