United Nations secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
The UN/ISDR aims to achieve a substantial reduction in disaster losses and to build disaster-resilient communities and nations by facilitating the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an essential condition for sustainable development. The UN/ISDR secretariat serves as a broker, catalyst, and focal point for disaster risk reduction within the United Nations and the wider ISDR system, which comprises numerous partner organizations, States and civil society worldwide.
Recognizing that natural hazards can threaten any one of us, the UN/ISDR builds partnerships and takes a global approach to disaster reduction, seeking to involve every nation, community and individual in reducing the loss of lives and addressing the socio-economic setbacks and environmental damage caused by natural hazards.
The secretariat works to facilitate the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the key UN instrument for implementing disaster risk reduction. The three strategic goals of the HFA are to:
- mainstream disaster risk reduction into sustainable development processes;
- strengthen institutional capacities for disaster risk reduction;
- integrate risk reduction approaches into emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
The secretariat is responsible for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the main consultative forum on disaster risk reduction at the global level. It aims to raise awareness and reiterate commitments, share experience on implementation among stakeholders and Governments, address gaps, and provide strategic guidance and coherence for implementing the HFA. Specific areas of the agenda include climate change adaptation, education, urban risk, early warning, recovery and capacity development.
with UN agencies, governments, NGOs, international, regional and local organizations, academia, scientiﬁc and technical institutions, the media and the private sector.