The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction reflects a major shift from the traditional emphasis on disaster response to disaster reduction, and in effect seeks to promote a "culture of prevention." Reducing disaster risk is a cost-effective investment in preventing future losses, and effective disaster risk management contributes to sustainable development.

Over the past 10 years, more than 1.5 billion people around the world have been affected by disasters in various ways. Over 700,000 people have lost their lives, 1.4 million have been injured, and 23 million have been made homeless, with women, children and people in vulnerable situations disproportionately affected.

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) is the secretariat of the International Strategy and mandated by the UN General Assembly to ensure its implementation. International mechanisms for strategic advice, coordination and partnership development for disaster risk reduction, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, have been instrumental in the development of policies and strategies, and the advancement of knowledge and mutual learning.

Source: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster ReliefSendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

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