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Day for Disaster Reduction - Inclusion saves lives!

08-10-2013
A group of women in a field in Africa
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Irene participates in disaster preparadness in her community. With a group of women with disabilities or mother of a children with disabilities, they got organised to be stronger together and prepared

On 13 October, CBM celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction, promoting Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management.

What is International Day for Disaster Reduction?

13 October: A not so obvious conversation. Living with disability and disasters ©UN ISDR
International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) started in 1989 with the approval by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees International Day as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. International Day for Disaster Reduction is now celebrated on 13th October: a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It's also a day to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

The 2013 theme for the day is Living with Disability & Disasters. Persons living with disabilities have unique contributions, often overlooked, to help reduce the risk of disasters. IDDR 2013 intends to switch on and amplify this critical issue of including the needs of persons living with disabilities now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

Press release - 9 October 2013

On 13 October, CBM celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction: a day to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. The 2013 theme is Living with Disability and Disasters. Persons living with disabilities have unique potential, often overlooked, to help reduce the risk of disasters. International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 intends to include the needs of persons living with disabilities now, and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

Working together with persons with disabilities

Although there is currently a powerful momentum to reduce risks of disaster and strengthen community resilience, it is crucial to maintain this. All stakeholders must be involved: civil societies, governments, NGOs, international organisations, academics and the private sector. Everyone needs to be included. Valerie Sherrer, Director of the CBM Emergency Response Unit says: “Together we can achieve so much more. This is exactly what inclusive disaster risk management is about: working together with persons with disabilities to minimize the vulnerability of all, while improving family and community capacity to cope with the impact of disasters: inclusion saves lives!

Persons with disabilities must be seen as valuable contributors to their communities and, as such, they have an essential part to play in disaster preparedness, response or recovery projects. Dave McComiskey, President of CBM International says: ”Changing attitudes is a long term process. But together, we can accelerate the efforts to make disaster risk management inclusive. Persons with disability have to be included in all phases of disaster risk management through all sectors. This is the only way forward: invest together today for a safer tomorrow.

Concrete inclusive practices

To go from words to deeds, CBM has encouraged its members on the field to collect good practices of inclusion of persons with disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Some of these concrete practices come from the unique experience of the Disability-inclusive DRR Network for Asia and the Pacific (DiDRRN). This network is a consortium of like-minded disabled people's organisations (DPOs), 'mainstream' and disability-focused development and relief organisations. The network collective aim is to secure the active participation, and meaningful contribution, of persons with disabilities in DRR policy and practice up to 2015 and beyond. CBM and DiDRRN have published a compilation of inclusive disaster risk reduction practices by relating stories and testimonials of persons with disabilities acting as effective agents. It also unveils how some organisations decided to include disability as an integral part of their policies and programmes.

To mark the International Day 2013, CBM has released inclusive practices from the publication below.

Contact: emergencyunit@cbm.org

What is the publication about?

cover of the publication: Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management ©CBM
This publication presents disability inclusive disaster risk reduction by relating stories and testimonials of persons with disabilities acting as effective agents. This publication has been produced with the Disability-inclusive DRR Network for Asia and the Pacific (DiDRRN).

The document discloses good practices that illustrate the results of effective participation of persons with disabilities in disaster risk reduction activities. It also unveils how some organisations decided to include disability as an integral part of their policies and programmes.

More information

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Publication on Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

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Disaster risk - CBM working to build more resilience

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GP DRR outcome statement includes disability

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24-05-2013

Inclusive Emergency Response Unit (ERU)

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06-11-2014


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