The two Preparatory Committees for the Conference will take
place on 6-7 May 2004 and 11-12 October respectively, immediately
following the ninth and tenth meetings of the Inter-Agency
Task Force on Disaster Reduction.
Launch of UNDP Report Reducing Disaster Risk: A challenge for
On 2 February UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention
and Recovery launched the report Reducing Disaster Risk:
for development. The report demonstrates that development
processes intervene in the translation of physical exposure
disaster events, making recommendations for good practices
in disaster risk reduction that can be built into ongoing
development planning policy.
In addition, the report introduces the Disaster Risk Index,
a tool that analyses which countries are more vulnerable than
others and identifies a number of correlations between development
and the configuration of disaster risk.
To access the report on-line, please refer to http://www.undp.org/bcpr/disred/rdr.htm
To access the DRI analysis tool and country profiles, please
refer to http://gridca.grid.unep.ch/undp/
2004 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction
Nominations are still being accepted until 18 August 2004 for
the 2004 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction. Join us
in rewarding individuals and institutions from around the world
who contributed, through innovative practices and outstanding
initiatives, to reducing the risk and vulnerabilities of communities
to natural hazards!
To download the nomination form available in English/French/Russian/Spanish
For further information on the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster
Reduction, please refer to http://www.unisdr.org/eng/sasakawa/sk-about-eng.htm
Asian contribution to the WCDR
The Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2004 (4-6 February,
Siem Reap, Cambodia) proved to be a valuable opportunity for
international and regional organizations as well as government
representatives, including Cambodian Prime Minister HunSen,
to identify challenges and concrete future action in disaster
reduction in Asia. The conference is part of a series of regional
events supporting the preparatory process for the World Conference
on Disaster Reduction (18-22 January 2005, Kobe-Hyogo, Japan).
World Water Day – 22
In 2004 World Water Day is focused on the theme of water
and disasters. WMO and UN/ISDR are the two leading agencies
the Day’s celebrations, with an information kit available
on-line (as well as in hard copy).
For more information about World Water Day 2004, please refer
To receive a copy of the information kit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For articles, stories and statistics on water and disasters,
please refer to the ISDR World Disaster Reduction Campaign
Gender and disasters
On 10-12 August an action-oriented meeting for women and men
working toward gender equality in disaster risk management
and response will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Practitioners,
policy makers, planners, academics, activists and community
members will focus on practical and feasible strategies for
engendering the risk reduction agenda.
For further information, please contact email@example.com
or refer to http://www.ssri.hawaii.edu/research/GDWwebsite/index.html
ITDG South Asia has just published a book by Madhavi Malalgoda
Ariyabandu and Maithree Wickramasinghe entitled Gender dimensions
in disaster management. The book places the issue of gender
in the context of development, and extends the discussion to
show how gender and development concerns are reflected in the
context of disasters.
a copy of the publication (US$ 12 – proceedings
of the book to be-reinvested in ITDG community disaster risk
reduction projects), please contact ITDG South Asia at firstname.lastname@example.org