UNDP and Tohoku University launch ‘Global Centre for Disaster Statistics’

Mar 15, 2015

Sendai, Japan – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University today launched the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics. The result of a long partnership, the new Centre will help deliver quality, accessible and understandable disaster data to Member States as they endeavor to achieve the goals of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.  
 
“The messages which UNDP brings to Sendai and the World Conference are that disaster risk reduction is a development process and that development decisions must be risk-informed’,  Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, said. “Having access to good data and analysis about disaster risk is vital. This new Centre, supported by a partnership between Tohoku University and UNDP, will support countries to build up good data bases and evidence on which to base risk-informed decisions.”
 
The Administrator was joined by Susumu Satomi, President of Tohoku University, to launch the new Centre at a special event held on the sidelines of the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Touting the utility of the Centre in helping countries identify baselines and track progress in disaster risk reduction, the partners noted it would: 
 
  1. Generate sound evidence and scientific analysis to support the integration of disaster risk reduction information into development planning; 
  2. Support accountability by generating user-friendly data that countries and people can use to monitor and report on progress. 
Thousands of international delegates are in Sendai this week for the World Conference to discuss options for strengthening disaster resilience. A new Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015), is also expected to be launched. 
 
UNDP has been a strong supporter of country-level efforts to strengthen disaster risk reduction and has invested nearly $2 billion over the last 10-years in more than 150 countries. 
 
The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive disaster risk reduction research institutes, constituted by 37 academic disciplines with 140 researchers. 
 
Contact information
 
For further information please contact carl.mercer@undp.org or toshiya.nishigori@undp.org.