Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster. It aims to reduce socio-economic vulnerabilities to disaster as well as dealing with the environmental and other hazards that trigger them. Here it has been strongly influenced by the mass of research on vulnerability that has appeared in print since the mid-1970s.[1] It is the responsibility of development and relief agencies alike. It should be an integral part of the way such organizations do their work, not an add-on or one-off action. DRR is very wide-ranging: Its scope is much broader and deeper than conventional emergency management. There is potential for DRR initiatives in just about every sector of development and humanitarian work.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 is an international document that was adopted at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, which represented a unique opportunity for countries:

(a) To adopt a concise, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
(b) To complete the assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters;1
(c) To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/ institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations, as well as relevant regional agreements for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
(d) To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
(e) To determine modalities for the periodic review of the implementation of a post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction

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IOM-HRA DRR Diaspora Initiative

Since 2018, HRA has partnered with IMO to strengthening the Engagement of Diaspora for Alternative Approach to Safer Shelters in Disaster Response, Preparedness and Recovery. Through this partnership we have organized and conduct Diaspora Disaster Preparedness & Response training and promote awareness and communication campaigns addressed to wide Haitian Diaspora community We have developed a diaspora engagement framework to coordinate the diaspora effort in disaster response. We have presented our framework in Geneva at the Global shelter cluster meeting and assist in creating a Diaspora working group to assist the United Nation Global Shelter in integrating the diaspora in building safer strategy.

UN Shelter cluster




The Haitian Diaspora Emergency Response Unit