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About the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster risk. The GAR is published biennially by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and is the product of the contributions of nations, public and private disaster risk-related science and research, amongst others. 

Developed through an extensive set of partnerships with international organizations, governments, businesses, academic and research institutions, the GAR is both an ongoing process of evidence generation and policy engagement, and a product – in the form of a biennial report published by the UNISDR. The process contributes directly to greater access to risk information for decision-making, and identifies feasible practices that can be employed at the local, national, regional and international levels.

About the 2019 edition of the GAR

The next GAR will provide:

  • an update on global progress made in implementing the outcome, goal, targets and priorities of the Sendai Framework and disaster-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
  • current and future risk trends introducing systemic risk perspectives as represented in the forthcoming Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF),
  • cutting edge, innovative research and practice in disaster risk management and good practice on how to manage and reduce disaster risks, and
  • an introduction to the wider scope and systemic nature of hazards to be considered in implementing the Sendai Framework. 

Read the concept note for GAR 2019

Previous editions of the GAR

  • Global Assessment Report 2017 

    GAR Atlas: Unveiling Global Disaster Risk

    The GAR Atlas presents the risk associated with a number of hazards (earthquakes, tsunamis, riverine flooding, cyclonic winds and storm surge) with a global level of observation and a national level of resolution. By using the same methodology, arithmetic and exposure model to calculate the risk for all these hazards, the GAR Atlas provides globally comparable multi-hazard risk metrics and enables comparisons of risk levels between countries and regions and across hazard types. In this way, the GAR Atlas facilitates a better understanding of the global risk landscape, enabling the estimation of the order of magnitude of probable losses in each country, and taking into account the risk contributions from different hazards.

  • Global Assessment Report 2015 

    Making Development Sustainable: The Future of Disaster Risk Management

    The 2015 edition presents the case for a broad reinterpretation of disaster risk reduction. As the HFA was drawing to a close, GAR15 questions whether the way in which disaster risk reduction has been approached under the HFA is really fit for purpose in a world now threatened by catastrophic increases in disaster risk. It showed why the focus of disaster risk reduction needs to move from managing disasters to managing risks if it is to contribute to making development sustainable.

  • Global Assessment Report 2013 

    From Shared Risk to Shared Value: the Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction

    The 2013 edition explored the nexus between private investment and disaster risk and showed how  businesses can invest in managing their disaster risks to reduce the costs and interruptions represented by  disaster losses and impacts, and how they can enhance performance and reputation by minimizing uncertainty and unpredictability. 

  • Global Assessment Report 2011 

    Revealing Risk, Redefining Development 

    The 2011 edition identified effective public policies to address the disaster risk–poverty nexus and the political and economic imperatives and constraints for increased public investment in disaster risk reduction. Using innovative hybrid probabilistic risk models, GAR11 produced risk profiles for a number of countries in order to demonstrate how a risk-layered approach to managing disaster risks could maximize benefits while reducing costs. 

  • Global Assessment Report 2009 

    Risk and poverty in a changing climate

    The 2009 edition of the GAR provided evidence that disaster risk is disproportionately concentrated in lower-income countries with weak governance and explores how underlying drivers such as badly planned and managed urban development, vulnerable rural livelihoods, environmental degradation, poverty and inequality, further generate and accumulate disaster risk in low-income communities and households.