International Day for Disaster Reduction – “Live to Tell”

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 13 October as the date to celebrate International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Since it began 25 years ago, the day has grown into a major global awareness event celebrated in many ways to encourage efforts to build more disaster-resilient communities and nations.


Live to Tell – Reducing Global Disaster Mortality

The International Day for Disaster Reduction this year (13 October 2016) carries the slogan “Live to Tell” and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) will use the event to promote their aim of reducing global disaster mortality.

The Sendai Seven

Reducing disaster mortality is part of the The Sendai Seven Campaign – 7 Targets, 7 Years where each year is dedicated to tackling one of the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in Sendai, Japan in March 2015.

  1. Reducing global disaster mortality
  2. Substantially reduce the number of people affected globally by 2030
  3. Reduce direct disaster economic loss
  4. Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure
  5. Increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies
  6. Enhance international cooperation to developing countries
  7. Increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information

The Sendai Seven Campaign is an opportunity for all, including governments, local governments, community groups, civil society organisations, the private sector, international organisations and the UN family, to promote best practice at international, regional and national level across all sectors, to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses.