The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) 2014 is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction.
This year the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is on older people, including their needs and what they contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities. IDDR 2014 intends to switch on and amplify this critical issue now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
The International Day for Disaster Reduction started in 1989 with the approval by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees the IDDR as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Originally celebrated on the second Wednesday of October (resolution 44/236, 22 December 1989), the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13th as the date to celebrate the IDDR (resolution 64/200, 21 December 2009).
Please visit the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction website for more information and resources.