Disaster Risk Reduction Champions

Advocating for DRR

Appointed by UNDRR, our champions advocate for building resilient communities and reducing disaster risk.

Champions are key political figures who are active and committed to disaster risk reduction.

UNDRR recognizes individuals as Disaster Risk Reduction Champions for using their political influence to lobby for disaster risk reduction in their country, region and beyond. Their motivation often goes beyond professional interest, spurred by a passion for public service and an abiding commitment to build community resilience. This is a non-remunerated honorary position.

Only the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNDRR may designate a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion by issuing a letter of designation. The below individuals are our active Disaster Risk Reduction Champions.

The Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction is a distinguished role to provide leadership to build the resilience of nations and communities from disasters. He/She has three main roles:

President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

As part of his role of Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has accepted to undertake the specific actions:

Other Disaster Risk Reduction Champions

In addition to the Global Champion, UNDRR also advocates disaster risk reduction through regional champions and it's Making Cities Resilient campaign.

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