The International Day for Disaster Reduction is organized every year on October 13th to celebrate and raise awareness about what we can all do to reduce our risk to disasters from earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados, etc...

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Events from around the world!

Amadora, Portugal

O Dia Internacional para a Redução dos Desastres Naturais, instituído pela Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas, tem como principal objetivo uma reflexão sobre a problemática dos desastres naturais, tendo em conta as fases de prevenção, socorro e reabilitação.

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Numerous activities took place in India. Here are their "Step Up" stories!

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Mandera, Kenya

Save the Children in collaboration with district partners is holding a District Child-lead Disaster Risk Reduction Commemoration at Borehole 11 Primary School, Mandera Central.

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San Salvador, El Salvador

The first medal of honour for DRR work will be handed out by the Department for Civil Protection. Theatre presentations, a live game of Riskland, and an exhibition of DRR projects will follow with stands from government organizations and NGOs.

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Viet Nam

IDDR in Viet Nam will be organised in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Department of Dike Management and Flood Control (DDMFC), the Youth Pioneer Council and school children in Viet Nam.

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Suva, Fiji

A joint initiative of the United Nations, SPC/SOPAC, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), Pacific Conference of Churches and other regional and national stakeholders and partners who are working in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change, children and youth in the Pacific.

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