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Disaster risk and resilience in the news, and news from the disaster risk reduction (DRR) community and beyond.
Disaster risk and resilience publications, reports, research papers and case studies.
Keep up to date with the latest research on disaster risk and resilience.
These resource guides bring together a selection of reference material on various disaster risk reduction topics and emerging trends.
Stories and perspectives from DRR practitioners and academics on reducing risk and building resilience.
Professional meetings on DRR themes & issues through conferences and workshops in DRR.
Global reports on disaster statistics, country profiles and additional resources on collecting disaster loss data.
These collections explore the lessons learned from past disasters, what were the risk drivers, impacts and efforts towards building back better.
Regional, national policy, plans and official statements on disaster risk, climate adaptation and resilience.

Curricular, extra-curricular materials including children's books, textbooks, lesson plans, activities, games, and online resources on disaster prevention and school safety for primary, secondary, vocational, community-based education.

Selected hazard, risk and vulnerability maps.
Videos, interactive presentations, and CD/DVD-ROM collections related to DRR.
Look up terms from the official UNDRR terminology on disaster risk reduction in English, or view the document for terminology languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.
Key disaster risk reduction related UN resolutions and reports.
Capacity development on DRR themes & issues through formal training, online cuorses and webinars.

Higher education programmes including university degree programmes and for-credit certificate or diploma courses with an emphasis on disaster risk reduction.

Organizations working in disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Opportunities for professionals working in DRR.

Resource guides

  • The business case for DRR
    Explore the economic, social and environmental dividends of investing in disaster risk reduction.
  • Assessing and disclosing climate-related financial risks
    Physical climate risk has emerged as a prominent threat to the financial sector and the global economy. Understanding investments’ exposure to risk from climate hazards is a critical step toward building resilience.
  • Building resilient bridges
    Disasters can damage or entirely destroy bridges and cause widespread destruction and social mayhem. But factoring risk into design and maintenance can help ensure the safety of the millions of people who cross bridges on a daily basis.
  • Building resilient grids
    Disasters can impact electric grids with damaging economic, environmental, and public health consequences. Grid resilience can help ensure that power disruptions are minimal and do not affect critical services.
  • Building resilient ports and harbours
    When disasters disrupt port operations, they can cause significant economic losses on a global scale. Adapting ports to a changing climate and investing in disaster resilience is critical to reduce the economic impacts from catastrophic events.
  • Building resilient roads
    Access disruptions on roads following a disaster can cause significant social and economic losses. Risk informed infrastructure investment is critical to ensure the construction and maintenance of resilient road networks.
  • Fragility and disasters 
    This collection analyses the nexus between disasters, conflicts and fragility.
  • Half a degree matters to curb disaster risk
    The difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming may not seem significant. But research shows that failing to limit global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will significantly increase disaster risk.
  • Understanding evacuation behaviour
    While evacuation saves lives, many people choose not to leave when faced with a disaster. These resources explore the multiple factors influencing the decision to evacuate.

Research briefs

Global Risk Assessment Framework

The Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF) aims to improve the understanding and management of current and future risks, at all scales, to better manage uncertainties and mobilise people, innovation and finance.