Get Involved

How to get involved?

If you are a …

  • Mayor and Local Government
  • Local government association
  • National government
  • Community association
  • UN, international or regional organization, NGO
  • Donor
  • Private sector member
  • Academic or professional association

Learn more about what steps to take to implement disaster risk reduction and resilience. Consult the campaign information kit, the nomination guidelines for local governments, the handbook for local government leaders (see Toolkit) and guidelines for using the local government self assessment tool (LG-SAT).

All participating entities, groups and cities are encouraged to:
  • Nominate and engage with participating local governments to exchange expertise and good practices.
  • Nominate innovative and good urban risk reduction practice and experience as a candidate for the UN-Sasakawa Award on Disaster Reduction.
  • Undertake public activities such as local media outreach, drawing contests, public preparedness drills or exercises, public hearings on risk assessments or other disaster resilient initiatives, during the annual International Disaster Risk Reduction Day, 13 October each year, or during any other national disaster prevention awareness day designated in commemoration of major disasters.
  • Report activities back to UNISDR and make sure your achievements are recorded in the national reporting process of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.
How will UNISDR support cities and local governments during the Campaign

As the coordinator of the Campaign, UNISDR will facilitate regional and global partnerships in support of local governments participating in the campaign. UNISDR will:

  • Advocate for increased capacities and resources from national governments and other sources for cities and local governments to deal with disaster risk and for making cities resilient (by organizing policy dialogues, workshops and other Resilient Cities-related events at global and regional level).
  • Promote city-to-city learning and exchanges among cities and local governments in the campaign, matching partners and local governments offers and continuing to encourage cities to sign up to the campaign.
  • Support development of training for local governments on urban risk and resilience in collaboration with training centres and academia, in order to provide capacity development and learning opportunities for cities and local governments in each region.
  • Provide a tool-kit for making cities resilient containing: the Handbook for Local Government Leaders, the Local Government Self Assessment Tool, campaign-website for sharing of tools and experiences, standard-setting papers and guidance notes for making cities resilient.
  • Conduct media events, provide communication tools and a produce a Making Cities Resilient Report.
  • Give out the UN-Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2014-2015, and promote new awards for resilient cities with partners
Shared responsibility

No earmarked funds are available at UNISDR to sponsor projects and initiatives by cities and local governments as part of the campaign. Cities and their partners are expected to be self-supporting as they organize awareness-raising events, convene meetings and engage in planning on campaign objectives. UNISDR may consider specific proposals for co-funding and on an exceptional, case by case basis, if resources are available. UNISDR and campaign partners will work to convince national, multi-lateral and bi-lateral development organizations to give priority to urban risk reduction projects and funding. Information on such projects and funds will be shared on the campaign website. See the Handbook for financing options in chapter 3