On the 13 October 2013, the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) was celebrated all over the world through different events, articles, statements etc. This year, the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is on some one billion people around the world who live with some form of disability. Representing one-fifth of the world’s population, persons living with disabilities have unique contributions, often overlooked, to help reduce the risk of disasters and build resilient societies and communities.
IDDR 2013 intends to switch on and amplify this critical issue of including the needs of persons living with disabilities now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
The Key Messages for the IDDR 2013 are:
A disaster resilient planet means everyone must be part of the solution.
Decisions and policies to reduce disaster risks must reflect the needs of persons living with disabilities
Investment in disaster risk reduction must provide for the needs of persons living with disabilities
To view the video message in the context of the IDDR 13 from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, please use this link
For more information on the IDDR, events celebrating the IDDR, messages and the online survey for persons living with disability and disasters, please view this web page