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International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

 Disaster: Sandstorm in Kenya

In 2001, the General Assembly decided to maintain the observance of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction on the second Wednesday of October (resolution 56/195 of 21 December), as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction embodies the principles articulated in a number of major documents adopted during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (1990-1999).  

See: UN Resolutions and Reports related to the International Strategy.


The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, is the secretariat of the International Strategy.  

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Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA)

Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters 

Adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held from 18 to 22 January 2005 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan (Final report: A/CONF.206/6)

  • Post-2015 "Towards a new post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction"

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