Disaster Risk Reduction Champions

Advocating for DRR

Appointed by UNISDR, our champions advocate for building resilient communities and reducing disaster risk.

Champions are key political figures who are active and committed to disaster risk reduction.

UNISDR recognizes individuals as Disaster Risk Reduction Champions for using their political influence to lobby for disaster risk reduction in their country, region and beyond. Their motivation often goes beyond professional interest, spurred by a passion for public service and an abiding commitment to build community resilience. This is a non-remunerated honorary position.

Only the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction may appoint a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion, by issuing a letter of designation. The following individuals are our active Disaster Risk Reduction Champions.

Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction

The title of Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction recognizes individuals who provide leadership to build the resilience of nations and communities from disasters. A Global Champion has three main roles:

Philippines' Senator Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, who comes from a country often affected by typhoons, floods, landslides and volcanic eruptions, was recognized at the December 2015 Paris UN Climate Conference, COP21, as a Global Champion for Resilience. Since her appointment as the Asia-Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction during the Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2008, she has been a high-profile advocate of disaster risk reduction policies. She has been at the forefront of policy advocacy and leadership in the Philippines and has authored various laws on protecting the environment and reducing climate and disaster risk, including the Climate Change Act of 2009 which created the Philippines' Climate Change Commission. Another result of her tireless advocacy work on sustainable development, climate change and disaster has been the country's Paris Agreement ratification process.

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

As part of his role of Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono accepted to undertake the following actions when he was in office from 2004 to 2014, and has continued to use advocate for them since then:

Other Disaster Risk Reduction Champions

In addition to the Global Champions, UNISDR also advocates for disaster risk reduction through regional champions and its Making Cities Resilient campaign.

VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, Cartagena, Colombia 20-22 June 2018 VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, Cartagena, Colombia 20-22 June 2018.
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