The United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is presented during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the next event will be in May 2019.
Together with the World Health Organization Sasakawa Health Prize and the UN Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize, the United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is one of three prestigious prizes established in 1986 by founding Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Mr. Ryoichi Sasakawa. It is worth approximately US $50,000 and is shared among the Laureates. Nominees also receive Certificates of Distinction and Merit.
2017: AMADORA Municipality, Portugal and DRES - Safe Schools Programme, Islamic Republic of Iran.
The 2017 award recognised projects that have made a substantial contribution towards saving lives and reducing global disaster mortality. According to the jury they demonstrated the most durable, sustained, inclusive and comprehensive institutional efforts in disaster risk management.
2015: Model Researcher - Allan Lavall (Costa Rica)
The highly respected researcher and practitioner in disaster risk reduction, Allan Lavell was the laureate in 2015. His work, which spans four decades, adopts a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach.
2013: Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiative (Bangladesh)
Under the theme "Acting As One", Belo Horizonte was recognized for fostering cooperation between local residents, public utility companies and private businesses, and NARRI for demonstrating the scale of impact which can be achieved through working in collaboration.
2011: Cities of San Francisco (Philippines), Santa Fe (Argentina), and the District of North Vancouver (Canada)
San Francisco was recognized for its innovative use of the Purok system; Santa Fe for effectively communicating risk to citizens; the District of North Vancouver for providing as much information where possible to its community.
2009: Dr. Eko Teguh Paripurno, Indonesia
Dr Paripurno is the Director of the Research Center for Disaster Management of the University of National Development in Yogyakarta and consultant to local and national governments as well as to various civil society organizations.
2007: Professor Yoshiaki Kawata, Japan and Tony Gibbs, Caribbean engineer in building safety,
Professor Kawata was awarded for his promotion of research and knowledge about past disasters. Mr Gibbs is also being awarded for his advocacy and leadership role in sharing his knowledge with engineers, architects, builders and the general public.
2005: Mr. Chimeddorj Batchulluun, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mongolia
Mr. Batchulluun provided a model for effective risk reduction combining traditional and cultural values with modern technical capabilities to increase the resilience of herding communities in Mongolia.
2004: Dr. Omar Dario Cardona, Colombia
Dr. Cardona is a Colombian earthquake engineer known internationally for his pioneering approaches to vulnerability reduction and risk management. He has made a remarkable contribution introducing the concept of structural seismic vulnerability.
2003: Mrs. Tadzong, née Esther Anwi Mofor, Provincial Chief of Service for Planning and Guidance, Ministry of National Education, Cameroon
Mrs. Tadzong is the driving force behind the Global Centre for Compliance, Hazard and Disaster Management which was created to help victims and survivors after a serious industrial accident.
2002: Professor Dr. Serguei Balassanian, President, Armenian Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (AASPEI), Armenia
Professor Balassanian was recognized for his long-term dedication to seismic disaster risk reduction, and for mobilizing the scientific and political community on disaster reduction.
2001: Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), Germany
GFMC was selected unanimously for its long-term commitment to disaster reduction and continued research activities for their reduction of wild land fires worldwide, as well as for its multiple cooperation projects in developing countries, involving local communities.
2000: Fondo para la Reconstrucción y el Desarrollo Social del Eje Cafetero (FOREC), Colombia
FOREC's innovative approach lies in the application of a public management model for disaster reconstruction, based on the full participation and involvement of NGOs in the rehabilitation process.
- 1999 - Prof. Mustafa Erdik, Turkey
- 1998 - H.E. Mr. Ji Cai Rang, China,Prof. Wang Ang-Sheng, China
- 1997 - Observatorio Sismológico del Sur-Occidente (OSSO), Colombia and
Dr. A.S. Arya, India
- 1996 - Dr. Ian Davis, United Kingdom
- 1995 - No Laureate
- 1994 - National Emergency Commission, Costa Rica
- 1993 - Dr. Vit Karnik, Czech Republic
- 1992 - Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School, Ecuador
- 1991 - Mr. Franco Barberi, Italy
- 1990 - Mr. Julio Kuroiwa, Peru
- 1989 - Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Ethiopia
- 1988 - ESCAP/Typhoon Committee, Philippines
- 1987 - Ratu Kamisese Mara, Fiji