October 13: International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is observed globally on October 13, every year.

Aim of the day

The day is observed with the aim of promoting a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction. It celebrates how people and communities across the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness regarding the importance of reining in risks that they are facing.

2021 Edition

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction provides an opportunity to acknowledge the progress made toward reducing the disaster risk and losses in lives, health and livelihoods. 2021 edition of the day will focus on international cooperation of developing countries in order to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses.


The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was first observed in the year 1989, after United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) called for a day to promote global culture of disaster reduction and risk-awareness. At the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, which was held in Sendai, Japan, international community was reminded that disasters hit hardest at local level, causes loss of life and social & economic upheaval.

Disaster Risk Reduction

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) works with thinkers, experts, practitioners, and innovators, every two years, to investigate the state of risk worldwide. It highlights what’s new, spots the emerging trends, examine behaviour, reveals disturbing patterns and presents progress in reducing risk.




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