International Day for Disaster Reduction




In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters.

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  • 'Sneezing Firas” play on disaster risk reductionOct 11, 2012'Sneezing Firas” play on disaster risk reduction“Sneezing Firas” is the title of the play that was performed in front of 620 students from different public schools in Beirut, South, Bekaa and Mount Lebanon at the UNESCO palace on Tuesday 9th of October, aiming to raise awareness on disaster risk reduction and prevention

  • First disaster risk reduction law draftedOct 24, 2012First disaster risk reduction law draftedWith support from UNDP Iraq, the Government of Iraq drafted the first version of The National Disaster Risk Reduction Law, currently under consideration by the Council of Ministers.

  • The UN Special Representative distributes certificates to 250 municipalities that participated in the World Disaster Risk Reduction CampaignOct 18, 2012The UN Special Representative distributes certificates to 250 municipalities that participated in the World Disaster Risk Reduction CampaignThe National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS), in partnership with the United Nations and the Disaster Risk Reduction unit at the Prime Minister’s office, organized today, at the Grand Serail, a certificate distribution ceremony to 250 municipalities approximately and union in Lebanon which joined the World Disaster Campaign “My City is Getting Ready”.

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