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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) was constituted in December 1999 to ensure the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (General Assembly (GA). Its predecessor was the secretariat of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. UNDRR is part of the United Nations Secretariat, and it supports the implementation & review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. The Sendai Framework is a 15-year voluntary people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction, succeeding the 2005-2015 frameworks.

The Four Priorities for Action under Sendai framework

  • Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
  • Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction

The Seven Global Targets under Sendai framework

  • Substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of this Framework by 2030.
  • reduce global disaster mortality by 2030, aiming to lower average per 100,000 global mortality rate in the decade 2020-2030 compared to the period 2005-2015.
  • Reduce direct disaster economic loss in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.
  • Substantially reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030, aiming to lower average global figure per 100,000 in the decade 2020 -2030 compared to the period 2005-2015.
  • Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.
  • Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.
  • increase the availability of an access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030.


UNDRR’s mandate has been defined by a number of United Nations General Assembly Resolutions:
  • To serve as the central point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction
  • To ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organizations and activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields

Area of functioning

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Increasing investments for DRR
  • Building disaster-resilient cities
  • Schools and hospitals,
  • Strengthening the international system for DRR.

Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
5 Regional Offices
  • Africa: Nairobi
  • The Americas: Panama City
  • Arab States: Cairo
  • Asia-Pacific: Bangkok
  • Europe: Brussels)
Parent organization United Nations Secretariat
Report Global Assessment report

The UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13 as the date to celebrate the IDDRR (International day for disaster risk reduction)