as the primary ingredient for sub-regional, regional and international
cooperation for natural disaster reduction, is critical to carry
out disaster risk reduction policies and measures at the national
and local scale and to implement the objectives of the International
Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
Committees and Focal Points established during the International
Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR, 1990-1999) proved
to be key organizational mechanisms in many countries in expanding
the understanding and perception of the importance of disaster
risk reduction and in bringing together diverse professional
interests committed to the subject of disaster reduction. However,
in many countries, there remains a pressing need to revitalize
and strengthen these national structures and processes, especially
in those countries most affected by natural disasters.
The ISDR Secretariat
has renewed its efforts to re-establish these contacts. A priority
for the coming years is the building of stronger national networks
or national platforms drawing from several sectors and disciplines
to further improve the implementation of disaster reduction.
This is a joint goal shared with other partners, in particular
UNDP in support of the work in developing countries, and with
many other regional institutions within the ISDR network.
The ISDR Secretariat
has produced Guiding
Principles: National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction (working
paper) as a first of a series of documents aimed to guide the
creation and development of National Platforms. A national platform
can adopt the form of a national network or a more formal designated
body recognized by its government, which could include lead agencies
or ministries, research and academic organizations. The aimed
composition of a National Platforms would include lead agencies/ministries
within the Government, research and academic organizations, civil
society, private (commercial) sector, NGO’s, media and
other UN Agencies.
of the CD-ROM (country profiles) includes relevant information
on national contacts, national platforms, hazard and disaster
profiles, and national reports on disaster risk reduction submitted
by countries as a contribution to the Yokohama Review process.
While the country profiles are at an early stage of development,
it is expected that they will continue to expand and strengthen
thus further enabling the profiling and exchange of relevant
information on disaster risk reduction at the national level,
as well as allowing for more effective participation in the international
have comments or questions on the information provided in this
section please contact:
Regional Policy Advisor
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Telephone: (507) 317 1124, 317 1120 y 317 0775.
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