Making Development Sustainable: The Future of Disaster Risk Management
The GAR is a comprehensive review and analysis of disaster risk and risk management. It is published every two years.
GAR15, launched in March 2015, looked at how to make development sustainable.
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"The world is threatened by dangerous and unacceptable levels of risk from disasters."
-- Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, 2015
The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is a biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction and comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards that are affecting humanity. The GAR contributed to achieving the aims of the Hyogo Framework for Action through monitoring risk patterns and trends and progress in disaster risk reduction while providing strategic policy guidance to countries and the international community. It will also be a powerful tool as the world works to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction through to 2030.
The GAR aims to focus international attention on the issue of disaster risk and encourage political and economic support for disaster risk reduction.
The preparation of the GAR is coordinated and supervised by UNISDR.
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The GAR is produced in collaboration and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including various UN agencies, governments, academic and research institutions, donors and technical organizations and specialists.
The Advisory Board
The GAR Advisory Board acts as an independent and strategic advisory body to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNISDR on the overall direction, political relevance and academic rigour of the GAR work streams. The Advisory Board members provide advice to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and GAR team on the concept and substantive content of each GAR as well as its dissemination to inform global processes on sustainable development and climate change adaptation.
The Advisory Bard's members are appointed on the basis of their personal capacity rather than their institutional affiliation yet represent a broad spectrum of UNISDR partners, including representatives from science, governments, UN country representatives, civil society and private sector. Membership is usually for four years with a rotating system that allow for continuity over the report's biennial cycles.
Global Assessment Report 2015
As the 2005-2015 lifespan of the Hyogo Framework for Action drew to a close, GAR15 questioned whether the way in which disaster risk governance had been approached during that period was really fit for purpose in a world threatened by catastrophic increases in disaster risk. In GAR15, new evidence on contemporary patterns and trends in disaster risk will be presented to assess to what extent the Expected Outcome of the Hyogo Framework for Action had been achieved or not. GAR15 also examined whether the way in which disaster risk governance had evolved was appropriate to address increasingly accelerated generation and accumulation of disaster risks. The conclusion underlined how disaster risk management can contribute to the transformation of the underlying drivers of risk, and why a reform of disaster risk governance is necessary.
Global Assessment Report 2013
GAR13 focused on the business case for disaster risk reduction, an important issue for both the private and public sectors.
Global Assessment Report 2011
GAR11, which addressed the issues of revealing risk and redefining development, contributed to achieving the aims of the Hyogo Framework for Action by monitoring risk patterns and progress in disaster risk reduction. Importantly, it also provided guidance and suggestions to governments and non-governmental actors alike, on how they can, together, reduce disaster risks.
Global Assessment Report 2009
GAR9 provided hard-hitting evidence to demonstrate how, where and why disaster risk was increasing globally and presented key findings from a global analysis of disaster risk patterns and trends, including where high mortality and economic loss was concentrated.