International Day for Disaster Reduction
October 19, 2021
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), deliberated in 1989 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, is intended to draw the attention of all States to the need to adopt policies aimed at prevention and the reduction of human and material damage, directly caused by the occurrence of natural disasters. It is a way to promote a global culture of disaster damage reduction and how people and communities are preparing to reduce these risks. The day was originally celebrated on the second Wednesday of the month of October. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly decided to adopt October 13 as the fixed date for the commemoration. The 2014 theme for the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (Resilience is for Life or "Recovery is for Life ") was part of an initiative that started in 2011. This initiative focuses on having a different group of participants each year, as a way to prepare for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which takes place in March, 2015 in the city of Sendai, Japan.