International Day for Disaster Reduction

Date: 13 October

Organized By:UN

Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams



On 22nd December 1989, the General Assembly decided to observe every second Wednesday of October as International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. Later on 21 December 2009, the UN General Assembly decided to observe the day on every  October 13 and the name was changed to “International Day for Disaster Reduction” with an aim to encourage everyone and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

Actions and Programs

Activities and events on this day include the campaigns to spread the message and theme for the particular year. Many programs like seminars, conferences, tree planting, exhibitions, street plays etc. are conducting on this day to give awareness about disaster and its prevention.


2014: Resilience is for Life

2013: Living with Disability and Disasters

2012: Women and girls: the Invisible Force of Resilience

2011: Children and young People are partners for Disaster Risk Reduction: Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction!

2010: My City is Getting Ready!

2009/2008: Hospitals Safe from Disaster

2007/2006: Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School

2005: Invest to Prevent Disaster

2004: Today’s disasters for tomorrow’s hazards

2003: Turning the tide…

2002: Sustainable mountain development

2001: Countering Disasters, Targeting Vulnerability

2000: Disaster Prevention, Education and Youth



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