International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR)

Décennie internationale de la prévention des catastrophes naturelles

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1990, by decision of General Assembly of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN). Originally in the framework of H-XE4118 - Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator (UNDRO), secretariat is currently based at E-XE3343 - United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), within E-XE3242 - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Also referred to as IDNDR, 1990-2000. Decade ended in 2000, but activities continued by E-XK2002 - United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and U-XK2201 - Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction (IATF).


Mobilize existing scientific and technical knowledge in order to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, in particular to reduce the loss of life and the socio-economic disruption they cause; address the natural hazards that create sudden disasters and the impact of disasters caused by drought and locust infestation; undertake promotional activities to ensure that, by the year 2000, all countries have taken preventative action on the causes of the phenomena, undertaken hazard assessment and warning, adopted short-term and long-term protective measures, integrated land-use and risk management in their national development strategies and promoted public information and education.


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Secretariat in Geneva (Switzerland) is a component of the Disaster Reduction Division of the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA). Scientific and Technical Committee (advisory body) comprises experts in economics, social sciences, engineering, public health, industry, geology and meteorology. Special High-Level Council comprises well-known personalities who promote global awareness of disaster reduction. A UN inter-agency group works regularly with IDNDR secretariat and with a contact group of Geneva-based diplomatic missions.


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 15: Life on Land



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