Each year, on October 13th, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR) is commemorated. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about disasters, their consequences on human life, and measures to prevent them.

The objective of observing this day is to inform communities about the dangers associated with disasters and equip them to endure and overcome both natural and man-made calamities.

The tradition of observing the IDRR Day began in 1989. It originated following a request from the United Nations General Assembly to establish a day dedicated to raising awareness about global vulnerabilities and the processes involved in reducing disaster risks.

Since then, every year, the IDRR Day is celebrated, with numerous communities participating in it. Various global platforms introduce innovative approaches to emphasize the significance of mitigating disaster risks.

In 2009, the UN GA officially designated October 13 as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Similarly, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction was established in 1999 for the sole purpose of promoting and facilitating international cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction.

The significance of the IDRR Day is notably high, primarily focused on shaping a global culture centered on preventing, reducing, and mitigating natural disasters.

According to UN research, there is a growing deterioration in current climate conditions, and it is projected that by 2030, the world could experience approximately 560 disasters annually.

This is due to major changes in climate patterns, which will result in varying weather conditions.

In this context, governments are required to encourage communities to proactively work towards establishing disaster-resilient nations by adhering to practical guidelines and regulations.

Fighting Inequality for a Resilient Future

Moreover, the IDRR Day is observed with a unique theme every year that encapsulates the primary objective of the occasion.

This year the IDRR Day is observed under the theme “Fighting Inequality for a Resilient Future.”

The objective of this theme is to raise awareness about the devastating impact of disasters and encourage people to take measures to protect lives, economies, infrastructure, and livelihoods from losses.