INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION: OCTOBER 13, 2012

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is annually observed on the second Wednesday of October to promote a global culture of natural disaster risk reduction.

Local names

Name Language
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction English
Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres Naturales Spanish

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 2012: Theme for 2012: ‘Women and Girls – the (in)Visible Force of Resilience’

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is annually observed on the second Wednesday of October to raise the profile of disaster risk reduction. It also encourages people and governments to participate in building more resilient communities and nations.

Many people have lost their homes because of natural disasters. ©iStockphoto.com/Dan Moore

What do people do?

Activities for the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction usually include media announcements about launches for campaigns that center on the day’s theme. Governments and communities also take part in the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction through various events such as drawing, drama, essay or photography competitions that focus on making people aware of natural disaster reduction and increasing their preparedness for such situations. Other activities include: community tree planting; conferences, fairs and seminars; and street parades.

Public life

The International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Many people around the world have lost their lives, homes or access to essential facilities, such as hospitals, due to natural disasters, including earthquakes, droughts, tsunamis, heavy flooding, hurricanes or cyclones. Some of these disasters have caused economic damage to some countries. The UN acknowledges that education, training, and information exchanges are effective ways to help people become better equipped in withstanding natural disasters.

On December 22, 1989, the UN General Assembly designated the second Wednesday of October as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. This event was to be observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999. On December 20, 2001, the assembly decided to maintain the observance to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Symbols

The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map depicts the area of concern to the UN in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Oct 10 1990 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 1991 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 14 1992 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 13 1993 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 12 1994 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 11 1995 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 1996 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 8 1997 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 14 1998 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 13 1999 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 11 2000 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 10 2001 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 2002 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 8 2003 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 13 2004 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 12 2005 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 11 2006 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 10 2007 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 8 2008 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 14 2009 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 13 2010 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 12 2011 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 10 2012 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 2013 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 8 2014 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
Wed Oct 14 2015 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nations observance
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