Do your bit: Focus on days highlighting international issues International Days and Observances
International Day for Disaster Reduction
13 October (for 2010)
In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly designated the second Wednesday of October as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (resolution 44/236, 22 December 1989). The International Day was observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999.

Theme for 2010
"Making Cities Resilient"
In 2001, the General Assembly decided to maintain the observance of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (resolution 56/195, 21 December 2001), as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

The 2010 theme as well as the 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign "Making Cities Resilient" addresses issues of local governance and urban risk while drawing upon previous ISDR Campaigns on safer schools and hospitals, as well as on the sustainable urbanizations principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013.

More information on the 2010 theme and the associated campaign for 2010-2011 is available on the ISDR website


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Environment and Disasters

GDRC has been working on themes related to this international day/observance, in the Disaster Management theme of its programme on Urban Environmental Management

GDRC therefore reaffirms its committment to uphold the objectives of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, and work towards better understanding of, and action on, promoting the betterment of disaster resilience under the overall umbrella of a safe and sustainable society.


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