Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2011
Revealing Risk, Redefining Development

Revealing Risk,
Redefining Development

The second edition of the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is a resource for understanding and analysing global disaster risk today and in the future.

Drawing on new and enhanced data, the 2011 report explores trends in disaster risk for each region and for countries with different socioeconomic development. At the same time, over 130 governments are engaged in self-assessments of their progress towards the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), contributing to what is now the most complete global overview of national efforts to reduce disaster risk.

The 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11) highlights the political and economic imperative to reduce disaster risks, and the benefits to be gained from doing so. Importantly, it offers guidance and suggestions to governments and nongovernmental actors alike on how they can, together, reduce disaster risks.

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GAR11 Resources

  • Risk Data Platform [View]
  • HFA Progress Viewer tool [View]
  • Disaster Data Platform [View]
  • The Last Straw, an animation to introduce DRR [View]
  • Magnitude!, a board game to present DRR as key element of development [View]
  • And much more....

Destruction in Labhutta, Myanmar, after cyclone Nargis. Survivors collect debris to rebuild risk...

GAR 11 highlights:

  • Trends Global risk trends
    In recent decades, countries in all regions have strengthened their capacities to reduce risks associated with major weather-related hazards such as tropical cyclones and floods, and mortality risk relative to population size is falling.Read more...
  • Act Drought: the hidden risk
    Unlike the risks associated with tropical cyclones and floods, those associated with drought remain less well understood. GAR 11 devotes a chapter as first step in presenting the complexities of global drought risk.Read more...
    • Act Progress towards the HFA
      The 2009–2011 HFA Progress Review has already assembled the most important global reference currently available on disaster risk management at the national level. Read more...
    • Act Innovation in Risk Assessments
      The hybrid risk model is built by constructing two loss exceedance curves: one derived empirically from recorded disaster losses, and the other derived analytically for major hazards, such as earthquakes and tropical cyclones.Read more...
    • USA Innovation in development practice
      GAR11 reviews how governments are scaling up DRM by adapting existing development instruments, such as national planning, public investment systems and social protection mechanisms.Read more...
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