International Observance: International Day for Disaster Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), on Oct. 13, encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities and nations.

The United Nations General Assembly designated October 13, as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction as part of its proclamation of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.

In 2002, by a further resolution, the General Assembly decided to maintain the annual observance as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

In 2009, the UN General Assembly decided to designate the day as the official date and also changed the name to International Day for Disaster Reduction.

(TNE)

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