The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) was established in 1999 to facilitate the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). It was created to be the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster risk reduction, and ensures synergies among the relevant activities of United Nations agencies and regional organisations, and related activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields.
UNISDR’s current mandate was set down in UN General Assembly Resolution 69/283, adopted in June 2015. It is tasked with supporting the implementation, follow-up and review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, including by fostering coherence with other international instruments, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change. As such, UNISDR champions and supports the integration of disaster risk management across different areas of work of the United Nations and of its Members States as well as among a broad range of key stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society.
Prior to the adoption of the Sendai Framework in March 2015, UNISDR’s role had been to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. UNISDR also organises the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a mandate set in UN General Assembly Resolution 61/198.
UNISDR has its headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland) and implements its mandate through five offices in the Asia-Pacific region (Bangkok), Africa (Nairobi), Europe (Brussels), Arab States (Cairo) and Latin America and the Caribbean (Panama). Its Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute is located in Incheon (Republic of Korea). UNISDR also maintains a UN Headquarters liaison office in New York, and presences in Bonn (Germany), Kobe (Japan), Suva (Fiji), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Rio (Brazil).
Disaster Reduction Goal
To carry out its mandate, UNISDR’s vision is articulated in line with the Sendai Framework, as the "substantial reduction of disaster losses and risk for a sustainable future".
The vision builds on UNISDR’s significant track record of expertise and accomplishments under the Hyogo Framework for Action, from 2005 to 2015. These include the successful establishment and leadership of regional and global coordinating and review mechanisms for disaster risk reduction; ongoing support to countries, intergovernmental processes, and key stakeholders, by providing relevant risk information, decision-making support tools and policy guidance; catalysing multi-stakeholder engagement in disaster risk reduction, including the private sector, parliamentarians and civil society; fostering gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction; and effective global advocacy.
The desired impact and long-term objective of UNISDR’s work is the "prevention of new and reduction of existing disaster risk and strengthening resilience", corresponding with the goal of the Sendai Framework.
Policies and Programmes in DRR
A number of conditions will need to be created and sustained in order for UNISDR to deliver on its mandate and achieve its vision, including:
• an engaged and active international community – including governments and key policy makers, the UN system and international and regional organisations, international and regional development banks, parliamentarians, the private sector, civil society, and the science and technology community – that understands and is committed to disaster risk reduction as a strategic approach to achieve sustainable development;
• the ability and practice of countries to align their national priorities, strategies and plans – as well as the related monitoring and review mechanisms – to relevant international frameworks, in particular for disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation;
• a change in decision-making processes, policies and practices of governments, private sector and other key actors to make them truly risk-informed, which implies access to risk information and knowledge that is context-specific, appropriate and accurate;
• an all-of-society engagement and partnership, guided by the principle that governments, parliamentarians, civil society and community groups, international organisations, the private sector, members of the science and technology community, and other key stakeholders jointly engage in disaster risk reduction and act as important contributors to understanding risk and as advocates for risk-informed development;
• a continued commitment to making disaster risk reduction gender- and age- sensitive and inclusive of all stakeholders, including persons with disabilities.
UNISDR commits to enabling and fostering these conditions through three Strategic Objectives, set in its 2016-2021 Strategic Framework:
• Strengthen global monitoring, analysis and coordination of Sendai Framework implementation
• Support to regional and national Sendai Framework implementation
• Catalyse action through Member States and Partners
Monitoring and reporting progress in disaster risk reduction creates a virtuous cycle of knowledge and evidence generation and application for improved policy and practice, which forms the backbone and underlying rationale of UNISDR’s engagement across all its Strategic Objectives. Supporting countries in generating risk data and information, and regular monitoring and reporting on disaster loss, risk and risk reduction practice, create the basis for analysis and evidence. Through a positive feedback loop, this evidence informs global and regional processes in disaster risk reduction, such as the Global and Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction, which in turn inform national practice. It also is the basis for coherence with international processes on sustainable development and climate change, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Importantly, the analysis and evidence feeds directly back into improved national implementation in the form of accessible risk knowledge, tools and capacity building.
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
Ms. Shoko Arakaki, Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction Coordination Section
(firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +41 22 917 79 14)
9-11 Rue de Varembé CH1202 Geneva Switzerland
GP 2013 delegation
GP 2011 delegation
GP 2009 delegation
Conferences: - 2018 EFDRR
- 2018 AMCDRR
- 6th AFRP and 5th High-Level Meeting on DRR
- AMCDRR 2016
- 2017 Global Platform
- 7th Annual Meeting of the EFDRR
- High Level Forum
- Health and DRR Conference
- UNISDR Science and Technology Conference
- 6th Annual Meeting of the EFDRR
- 5th Annual Meeting of the EFDRR
- 2nd ACDRR
- 6th AMCDRR
- 5th AFRP
- 4th Annual Meeting of EFDRR
- 1st ACDRR
- GP 2019