The International Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Day has been celebrated since 1989, prompted by the United Nations General Assembly to promote risk-awareness and disaster reduction on a global scale. The element of disaster risk reduction (DRR) is aimed at decreasing the emergence of newer risks, diminishing existing disaster risks, and managing residual risk – ultimately aiming to strengthen resilience for all and subsequently achieving sustainable development.
In 2023, the International Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Day aims to highlight the correlation between disasters and inequality with the theme of “Fighting inequality for a resilient future.” Inequality increases disaster vulnerability, disproportionately affects the poor, exacerbating disparities; to truly mitigate risks, it is crucial to address these intertwined factors.
Bangladesh remains one of the most climate-change vulnerable countries in the world standing at 7th in the rankings, and so, the need for disaster risk reduction in the country becomes all-the-more important. One of Swisscontact’s main themes includes disaster risk reduction, with the element being integrated into numerous projects to ultimately strengthen resilience for all. In specific, the Bangladesh Microinsurance Market Development Project (BMMDP) and Making Markets Work for the Jamuna, Padma and Teesta Chars (M4C) projects have an extensive reach in working towards disaster risk reduction.
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and yet more vulnerable, disaster risk reduction becomes even more pressing. In such times, the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day serves as a vital reminder of the global community's commitment to a more equal, resilient, and sustainable future, urging our actions to be stronger.