International Day for Disaster Reduction




In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters.

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  • UNDP in Armenia

    Reducing the risk of disaster in Armenia

    Hovhannes Arakelyan has witnessed hundreds of floods in his remote village of Sipanik, in Western Armenia. "I have seen smashed roads, houses, and crops, and disastersmore

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  • Act Now, Save Later:  new UN social media campaign launched	Jul 2, 2012Act Now, Save Later: new UN social media campaign launched

  • As crisis undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexist, says UNDP reportOct 22, 2013As crisis undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexist, says UNDP reportDespite progress in preventing conflicts and disasters last year, many countries still face chronic crises and often remain mired in poverty.

  • Bangladesh well prepared for Cyclone MahasenBangladesh well prepared for Cyclone MahasenDecades of disaster preparedness activities demonstrated their value when tropical cyclone Mahasen made landfall in Bangladesh.

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Putting Resilience at the Heart of Development

Disasters cause human suffering, environmental and economic harm, and set back progress on eliminating poverty.

Fast Facts: Disaster Risk Reduction & Recovery

Disasters have killed more than 1.3 million people and affected an average of 220 million per year over the past two decades.

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