The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) aims at building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards and related technological and environmental disasters.
The UN/ISDR is the focal point in the UN System to promote links and synergies between, and the coordination of, disaster reduction activities in the socio-economic, humanitarian and development fields, as well as to support policy integration. It serves as an international information clearinghouse on disaster reduction, developing awareness campaigns and producing articles, journals, and other publications and promotional materials related to disaster reduction. The UN/ISDR headquarters is based at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. It conducts outreach programmes through its regional units in Costa Rica and Kenya.
Established in 2006, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a partnership of 32 countries and 6 international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. The partnership’s mission is to mainstream disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in country development strategies by supporting a country-led and managed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. EERI members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators.
The objective of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is to reduce earthquake risk by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.
The Research Center for Urban Safety and Security (RCUSS) is established on May 11, 1996, about one year following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
The mission of RCUSS is to make contributions in building safe and secure urban society by developing the visions towards such society and by conducting researches and educations on suitable methodologies and frameworks in realizing such society.
The Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Research Center (EDM) of the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) was created by the Government of Japan for "Frontier Research on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation for Urban Regions". EDM promotes the research collaboration of various fields, such as earthquake engineering, seismology, social science, and information technology by its flexible organization. Joint and cooperative research programs are carried out with outside organizations in order to cope with advanced and inter-disciplinary research topics. EDM aims to become the foremost center for earthquake disaster mitigation research in the Asia-Pacific region by exchanging information and personnel with domestic and overseas organizations.
Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is an applied science, information and technology center, working to reduce disaster risks and impacts to peoples' lives and property.
PDC works to foster disaster resiliency through the use of science, information, and technology for sound, evidence-based decision making. PDC is an applied research and development, public-private enterprise promoting a disaster risk reduction (DRR) agenda and concepts by bridging the divide between the scientific communities and the disaster management professionals.
PDC's products and services are used in disaster response and civil-military humanitarian assistance operations, as well as in disaster risk reduction, mitigation and planning, locally and globally by stakeholders and disaster managers, national governments, regional organizations, and International- and Non-Governmental Organizations (I/NGO). PDC's primary area of responsibility encompasses the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, Hawaii, and Alaska, but the center has performed work all over the globe.
DKKV (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge e.V./German Committee for Disaster Reduction) provides a forum for dialogue aimed at informing society about disaster reduction, bringing together relevant players. It focuses in the areas of science, policy, business, society and rescue services integrating the various relevant ongoing activities. The Committee’s work is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
The World Food Programme is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security, which is defined as access of all people at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. ¹ The policies governing the use of World Food Programme food aid must be oriented towards the objective of eradicating hunger and poverty. The ultimate objective of food aid should be the elimination of the need for food aid.
WFP is well placed to play a major role in the continuum from emergency relief to development. WFP will give priority to supporting disaster prevention, preparedness and mitigation and post-disaster rehabilitation activities as part of development programmes. Conversely, emergency assistance will be used to the extent possible to serve both relief and development purposes. In both cases the overall aim is to build self-reliance.
UNDP has more than 30 years of experience in Jordan, providing financial & technical assistance since 1976. In Jordan, UNDP's focus is to support the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in providing solutions to the challenges of:
- Reducing Poverty and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
- Promoting Democratic Governance
- Climate Change and Protecting the Environment
- Management and Preparedness for Potential Disasters
In all these areas of support, UNDP pays particular attention to connecting to the UN global knowledge networks, promoting gender equity, inclusion of youth in development programmes, and the protection and promotion of human rights.
The Mumbai Metropolis has a historic tradition of strong civic activism dedicated to the cause of a better life for all its citizens. And it's the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), the primary agency responsible for urban governance in Greater Mumbai.
From the time of its establishment in 1882 as India's first municipal corporation, numerous non-political groups, NGO's and organizations of citizens have worked closely with the civic body in the fields of education, public health, creation of urban amenities, art and culture, heritage conservation, etc.
Local Government Organizations
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development.
ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) is a Network committed to helping local authorities improve the lives of its citizens and create the urban sustainability across Asia-Pacific and beyond.
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organisation’s stated mission is:
To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.
Metropolis is the World Association of Major Metropolises. Created in 1985, the Metropolis Association is represented by more than 100 members from across the world and operates as an international forum for exploring issues and concerns common to all big cities and metropolitan regions. Metropolis also manages the Metropolitan Section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
- Bogota, Columbia
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Lima, Peru
- Los Angeles, California
- Quito, Ecuador
East Asia Cluster
- Kobe, Japan
- Metro Manila, Philippines
- Makati City
- Quezon City
- Marikina City
- Seoul, South Korea
- Beijing, China
- Shanghai, China
- Tianjin, China
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Cairo, Egypt
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Naples, Italy
- Tehran, Iran
- Wellington, New Zealand
South-Central Asia Cluster
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Mumbai, India
- Tashkent, Uzbekistan