The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction


The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is a strategic framework adopted by United Nations Member States in 2000. The ISDR guides and coordinates the efforts of a wide range of partners to achieve a substantive reduction in disaster losses. It aims to build resilient nations and communities as an essential condition for sustainable development.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is the secretariat of the International Strategy of Disaster Reduction and disaster risk reduction community. The disaster risk reduction community comprises numerous organizations, States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, technical bodies and civil society, which work together and share information to reduce disaster risk.

UNISDR serves as the focal point for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters – a ten year plan of action adopted in 2005 to protect lives and livelihoods against disasters.

What we do

  • We coordinate international efforts in DRR and guide, monitor as well as report regularly on the progress of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action. We organize a biennial Global Platform on disaster risk reduction with leaders and decision makers to advance risk reduction policies and support the establishment of regional, national and thematic platforms.
  • We advocate for greater investments in risk reduction actions to protect people’s lives and assets including climate change adaptation, more education on DRR and increased participation of men and women in the decision making process.
  • We inform and connect people by providing practical services and tools such as the risk reduction website PreventionWeb, publications on good practices, country profiles and the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction which is an authoritative analysis of global disaster risks and trends.
  • We campaign to create global awareness of disaster risk reduction benefits and empower people to reduce their vulnerability to hazards. Our current campaigns focus on safer schools and hospitals as well as resilient cities “Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready!”.


The UNISDR Regional Office for Europe exists to deliver on this mandate and implement the strategic objectives in all countries of the Europe Region and Central Asia Sub-Regional Office.

Regional Office for Europe
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, UNISDR

UN House, 14 Rue Montoyer
1000, Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0) 22 902 588
E: [email protected]