EMI is an international scientific organization formed by a renowned group of DRRM scholars, scientists and practitioners in 1998.
In 1999, EMI received endorsement as a scientific organization from three international scientific unions (International Geographical Union, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, and the International Union of Geological Sciences), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Council of Science (ICSU).
EMI was established as a non-stock, non-profit organization in the Philippines in 2003.
In 2005, EMI earned an accreditation from UNDP as an Implementing Agency for the UNDP/Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Program. At the same time, the organization became a part of the U.N. Inter-agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction.
Since 2007, EMI earned a membership in the UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), winning recognition for its authoritative knowledge, commitment and advocacy in urban DRR.
In 2009, EMI became a member of the Primary Consultative Group for the Global Campaign on Building a Local Government Alliance for DRR, a worldwide effort spearheaded by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
In 2013, EMI was conferred Special Consultative Status by the UN Economic and Social Council, the highest UN recognition for non-governmental organizations.
EMI is actively involved in several global DRR initiatives such as the UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign and the 1 Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Campaign.