UN Organizations

United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction

Uniting nations, people and action for resilience

The UN Secretary-General committed to work on disaster risk reduction as part of his second mandate.The UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience offers a basis for the agencies to evaluate the integration of disaster risk reduction into their respective programmes and activities.

UNISDR is the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and ensures synergy among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organizations (UN General Assembly resolution 56/195).

UNISDR works with the wider UN system at headquarters and field levels.

The United Nations and Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction in the United Nations

Through the commitments defined in the UN Plan of Action, 13 UN organizations, FAO, UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNICEF, UNOPS, WFP, WMO, WHO, UNESCO, UNV and the World Bank have prioritized DRR within their 2014-2017 strategic work plans.

The High Level Committee on Programmes/Senior Management Group (HLCP/SMG) is the mechanism through which the agencies deliberate and monitor the progress of the commitments anchored in the UN Plan of Action. The HLCP/SMG reports to the Chief Executives Board (CEB). At the working level, the agencies convened the Inter-agency Group which is involved in work streams backing the implementation the UN Plan of Action.

Featured UN Organization: UNESCO

Working alone or in collaboration with both UN Agencies and other scientific entities, UNESCO has been a catalyst for international, inter-disciplinary cooperation in many aspects of disaster risk reduction and mitigation. By operating at the interface between natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication, UNESCO plays a vital role in constructing a global culture of resilient communities.

UNESCO assists countries to build their capacities in managing disaster and climate risk and with their ability to cope with disasters and it provides a forum for governments to work together, as well as essential scientific and practical advice in disaster risk reduction.

The work of UNESCO is being developed and implemented with Member States through its different Sectors, Intergovernmental bodies, Field Offices, Designated and Affiliated Sites, Category I and II Centers and UNESCO Chairs and Networks.

Previous Featured UN Organizations

Other UN agencies and organizations committed to reducing disaster risks:

World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The UN Partners are engaging with the UNISDR secretariat for preparations in the lead up to the conference and on the preparatory processes

• Consultations and information on the 2nd session of the Preparatory Committee
• UN Statement at the 1st session of Preparatory Committee


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