International Strategy For Disaster Reduction

In this article, you can read all about the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). United Nations and its various activities are important for the UPSC exam international relations segment.

What is ISDR?

  • The ISDR is a global framework established within the United Nations for promoting action to decrease social vulnerability and natural hazards risks and related technological and environmental disasters.
  • It builds upon the experience gained during 1990 – 1999 which had been designated as the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.
  • The ISDR incorporates the principles which were adopted in the above-mentioned Decade including Yokohama Strategy for a Safer World: Guidelines for Natural Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Mitigation and its Plan of Action, and the Geneva Mandate on Disaster Reduction.

ISDR Purposes

  • To facilitate the integration of management of risk into the development policies, programmes and projects of governments, communities and other agencies in disaster-prone areas.
  • To enable communities to become disaster resilient thus, helping save lives and also protect social, environmental and economic assets.

ISDR Activities

  • The ISDR works via a network of international organisations, expert and scientific institutions, private sector, civil society and government officials in order to raise public awareness about disaster reduction.
  • It also works to motivate commitment from authorities, and encourage interdisciplinary and intersectoral partnerships, which will ultimately enhance the existing knowledge on natural hazards and the reasons why disasters occur.
  • It is tasked with the implementation, follow-up, support and review of the Sendai Framework.

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