Who we are

Who We Are

UNISDR was established in 1999 as a dedicated secretariat to facilitate the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).It is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution (56/195), to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organizations and activities in socio‐economic and humanitarian fields. It is an organisational unit of the UN Secretariat and is led by the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG).

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. It was adopted on March 18, 2015 at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan. The Sendai Framework is the outcome of stakeholder consultations initiated in March 2012 and inter-governmental negotiations held from July 2014 to March 2015, which were supported by the UNISDR upon the request of the UN General Assembly. UNISDR has been tasked to support the implementation, follow-up and review of the Sendai Framework.

UNISDR defines itself through its multi-stakeholder coordination approach based on the relationships it has developed with national and local governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society, including the private sector, and by its mode of operating through a network of global partners.

UNISDR has five regional offices – in Asia (Bangkok), Africa (Nairobi), Europe (Brussels), Arab States (Cairo) and Americas and the Caribbean (Panama) – and the UNISDR Headquarters in Geneva. UNISDR also maintains a UN Headquarters liaison office in New York, a liaison office in Bonn and field presences in Rio de Janeiro, Kobe, Suva, Incheon and Almaty.

Our Mandate

UNISDR's mandate is to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among disaster reduction activities. This page includes our Organigramme.

What is Disaster Risk Reduction?

DRR aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention. There is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster, only natural hazards.


UNISDR in the UN System

UNISDR is an organisational unit of the United Nations Secretariat and works with the wider UN system at headquarters and field levels.

SRSG for Disaster Risk Reduction

Margareta Wahlström is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Work Programme and Annual Reports

UNISDR is committed to reducing disaster risk. Read their biennial work programme and annual reports.

Results-Based Management System

UNISDR adopts a results-based management system to support the implementation of its mandate.

Donor Partnerships

Among all UN Member States and observers, political and financial support for disaster risk reduction initiatives is raised through the Support Group for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

History

Over the decades, disaster risk reduction has moved from a technical discipline in the humanitarian field, to a broad-based global movement focused on sustainable development.

Vacancies

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Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction take place from Africa to the Pacific Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction take place from Africa to the Pacific.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Panama City, Panama.
  • Where We Work Our regional office is in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 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.

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