October 13, 2020
Today we mark the day, acknowledged annually, dedicated to global Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
The United Nations General Assembly designated 13th October as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction. It represents an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in March 2015.
In 2016, the “The Sendai Seven Campaign” was launched to promote the seven targets of the campaign over seven years. The 2020 target is Target E: “Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020” and is closely linked with Priority for Action 2: “Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk.”
This year’s focus is therefore disaster risk governance, and highlights that many disasters can and should be avoided through sound disaster risk reduction strategies that manage and reduce existing levels of risk, and avoid the creation of new risk.
At Rescue Global we have always applied robust and effective risk governance throughout every element of our work and continue to advocate for its improvement across our sector. Steadfast and appropriate local, national and regional risk management strategies lie at the heart of disaster prevention and protecting populations who face ever worsening hazards. We maintain our high standards of organisational governance through accredited Quality and Risk Management processes so that we are able to operate safely and effectively in post-disaster environments and “risk our lives in a highly calculated manner, to save saveable life”.
Read more about our governance practices here.
Read the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNDRR) concept note for this year’s DRR day theme here.