International Day for Disaster Reduction

Political commitment

Political leaders and legislators hold the primary responsibility protecting the lives and livelihoods of their country's citizens from disasters.

Parliaments, in most countries, can be instrumental in increasing political and economic investment in making socio-economic development disaster resilient and climate proof.

Legislators often oversee policy changes and budget allocation, in addition to their primary role in legislation development. Parliamentarians and senators with increased understanding and knowledge of disaster risk reduction (DRR) can play a strategic role in bridging long-existing gaps in DRR between national governments and local authorities. This is because the majority was elected to represent the interests of their local constituencies at the national level. Informed legislators can also play an active role in strengthening policies and legislations at national level and their implementation at local level.

Parliamentarians can play a strategic role in bridging long-existing gaps in DRR.

Disaster Risk ReductionWhat is DRR?

UNISDR advocates for making disaster risk reduction an essential part of planning and programmes and has taken the initiative to target advocacy efforts at legislators. The aim is to foster an enabling political environment for achieving sustainable socio-economic development resilient to disasters and climate change.

This initiative advocates for disaster risk reduction through its informed parliamentarians and parliamentary assemblies. UNISDR primarily targets parliamentarians and senators from member states of the United Nations. The secondary target includes those who work at regional and international parliamentary assemblies and their secretariats.

"Prevention costs only a small portion of any budget. In Pakistan, millions spent on prevention would have avoided the billions spent on the cost in repair."
-- Hon. Ms. Saumura Tioulong, a member of Cambodia's Permanent Committee of the National Assembly

UNISDR helps to put disaster risk reduction on the parliamentary agenda at global, regional and national levels.

UNISDR also increases DRR understanding and knowledge, provides technical support to individual parliamentarians and senators who are willing to make a contribution to the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, building the ownership and leadership of parliamentarians in building disaster resilient nations and communities.

UNISDR's parliamentarian focal point is Ana Cristina Angulo-Thorlund (

Parliamentarian Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Advisory Group consists of individual parliamentarians who have demonstrated strong political commitment to the building of resilience of nations and communities to disasters. They have been very active in promoting risk reduction and resilience building in the context of climate change, MDGs and sustainable development. They come from different geographic regions of the world. The Advisory Group will advise UNISDR on the further engagement of parliamentarians in disaster risk reduction while serving as global ambassadors, advocating for DRR as a regional, national and local priority. Current members are shown below.

  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Panama City, Panama.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Cairo, Egypt.

Where We Work