United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction


The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) represents the key factor of the UN system in promoting synergies and in coordinating activities for disaster reduction in the social-economic, human and development sectors, as well as in supporting integration tactics. UN/ISDR acts as a database of international data for disaster reduction that develops acknowledgement campaigns and produces articles, journals and other publications, and promotional materials regarding disaster reduction.

UN/ISDR mission represents the development of a disaster resilient community by rising awareness regarding disaster reduction importance as a component of sustainable development. Its purpose is to reduce human, social, economic and environment losses caused by natural, technological and environment hazards.

UN/ISDR Europe activates through a network of National Platforms in order to mobilize government actions of disaster risk reduction by direct interaction with national governments, as well as with the support of state representatives within the UN.

UN/ISDR Action Plan is reflected in the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and has the objective of reducing the financial and human losses caused by disasters. The main result of the implementation of UN/ISDR activities at the local level is the organization of a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is crucial for the coordination of means and activities for disaster risk reduction.

HFA strategic objectives:

1. The more effective integration of disaster risk considerations into sustainable development policies, planning and programming at all levels, with a special emphasis on disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and vulnerability reduction;

2.The development and strengthening of institutions, mechanisms and capacities at all levels, in particular at the community level, that can systematically contribute to building resilience to hazards; 

3.  The systematic incorporation of risk reduction approaches into the design and implementation of emergency preparedness, response and recovery programs in the reconstruction of affected communities.

HFA priorities:

1.  Ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and a local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation.

2.  Identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning.

3.  Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels.

4.  Reduce the underlying risk factors.

5.  Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels.

The Republic of Moldova UN/ISDR Focal Point is the Director of the State Hydrometeorological Service, dr. Ilie Boian.

For more information click  www.unisdr.org