from today’s disasters for tomorrow’s hazards"
2004 World Disaster Reduction
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) aims
at increasing public awareness to understand risk, vulnerability
and disaster reduction globally. In order to achieve this,
the ISDR unites international agencies, non-governmental organizations,
government representatives, local decision makers, scientists,
educators and local communities to work together; in order
to generate more widespread commitment to and better understanding
of disaster reduction.
TOrganized by the Inter-Agency
Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
(UN/ISDR), the annual World Disaster Reduction Campaign is
qn opportunity for these actors to interact and bring more
people to learn about disaster risk reduction. The Campaign
builds momentum and culminates in the International Day for
Natural Disaster Reduction, whereby it is celebrated internationally
by global organizations, regional institutions and local communities
In 2004 the International Day for Disaster
Reduction will be commemorated on Wednesday 13 October.
There are numerous ways to spread the word
about the importance of disaster reduction. Learning about
what you can do to reduce risk and vulnerability to disasters
can be fun – whether it takes place in the classroom, during
community gatherings or at home. The International Day for
Disaster Reduction is the ideal opportunity to plan events
to raise public awareness and share knowledge.
Here are some ideas of what you can
- Organize roundtable of local leaders reflecting
on lessons learned from past disasters
- Hold a community festival that allows
people to share “good practices” in disaster reduction
- Write an article for a local newspaper
on imminent hazards and what can be done to prepare for
Other ways to participate in the global movement
for disaster risk reduction include the translation/adaption
of the educational kit “Let’s learn to prevent disasters!”
and Riskland game as well as participation in the UN/ISDR
international art contest.
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