This year the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction
(13 October) is on some one billion people around the world who live
with some form of disability. Representing one-fifth of the world's
population, persons living with disabilities have unique contributions,
often overlooked, to help reduce the risk of disasters and build
resilient societies and communities.
Several studies have shown that
including the needs and voices of persons with disabilities at all stages of the
disaster management process can significantly reduce vulnerability and increase
the effectiveness of government response and recovery efforts.
IDDR 2013 intends to switch on and amplify this critical issue
of including the needs of persons living with disabilities now and for
the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
increasing worldwide focus on disaster risk reduction as opposed to mere
disaster response, most city and related government agencies fail to
adequately plan for - or include - persons with disabilities in their disaster management activities.
Let's show the world that this can change!