2011 UNISDR report on disaster risk reduction launched in Japan





The Japan launch of the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, prepared by the United Nations Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), was held at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo on 25 May 2011, in a forum co-organized by UNISDR and UNU and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The title of the 2011 UNISDR report is “Revealing Risk, Redefining Development”.

UNISDR, the focal point within the UN system for the disaster risk reduction agenda, held the initial launch of this Global Assessment Report (GAR) — a biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction, and a comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards that are affecting humanity — at the 3rd session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, held 8-13 May in Geneva. To further disseminate the report’s findings and recommendations, UNISDR organized a series of launching and briefing events all over the world together with the UNISDR system partners. This forum in Tokyo, moderated by Yuki Matsuoka, Head of the UNISDR Hyogo Office, was one of these follow-up events.

The 2011 report, produced by UNISDR in collaboration with many global partners, contributes to achieving the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) through monitoring risk patterns as well as trends and progress in disaster risk reduction while providing strategic policy guidance to the international community. The aim is to help focus international attention on the problem and on the need to address disaster risk and to consolidate political and economic support for disaster risk reduction.

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