International Day for Disaster Reduction 2015

Every year, the 13th of October is a celebration of efforts toward the reduction of disasters worldwide. The theme this year, selected by UNISDR is "Knowledge for Life". Find below about activities from GNDR members to celebrate this day, as well as a selection from Action at the Frontline case studies to demonstrate the value of local knowledge in disaster reduction. 

See below how GNDR members celebrated worldwide the IDDR 2015

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GNDR member CESAP from Venezuela celebrated the IDDR 2015 with the conference "La importancia de los conocimientos locales y ancestrales, en la gestión del riesgo de desastres para la creación de resiliencia y el desarrollo sostenible en los territorios", hosted in partnership with UNDP.
Joseph Severe from UNASCAD, a GNDR member from Haiti, told us how they celebrated the IDDR 2015 with the publication of the article (English & French) titled "Celebration of the International Disaster Prevention Day (IDPD 2015): a start at full throttle for the instruments of SENDAI and SDGs". You can download it here.
Associate Member of GNDR Tehran University of Medical Sciences celebrated IDDR 2015 on October 13th with a national conference on “The use of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge” that took place at the Avicenna Hall of this university.
CARE Madagascar celebrated IDDR 2015 on October 13th in Fenerive Est, Madagascar. CARE participated in this event through different actions. They set up a stand on the theme : “Root causes of disasters in the region and proposed mitigations solutions”.
This year the 2015 IDDR day was also celebrated in Bogale Township, Ayeyarwaddy, Delta. The Sopyay Myanmar Development Organization (SMDO) celebrated this occasion collaborating with Township Red Cross. SMDO initiated the first contribution for celebrating and encouraged the partner organization for further contribution. Township Red Cross organized the event.
To celebrate the IDDR2015, CARITAS Chile has launched a web to collate a series of activities around this special day. In particular, the launch this day of the Roundtable of Community Management for DRR, of which GNDR is a participant, which is a multi-stakeholder platform with the aim to strengthen the partnership between them, so they can provide a better service to the most vulnerable families and communities against all…
To celebrate the 26th edition of the IDDR, CORDAID has written an article focusing on the knowledge of indigenous communities and how modern science can be combined with it to increase their resilience against a climate change that is contributing to even more extreme or unpredictable weather. Read more about the work of Cordaid with these communities around the globe. 
DRR Forum Pakistan celebrated the IDDR with an awareness event to celebrate communities’ efforts in reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR, and to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities. Members of civil society, NGOs, INGOs, donor agencies, Academia, government officials, academia and media attended this celebration.
Burundi always celebrates October 13th as it coincides with the celebration of the Heroes of Independence 1961. The Minister of Public Security addressed the nation with a speech. The Buterere Commune was invited to participate in national ceremonies. On October 24th there will be an inaugurating activity of wood nurseries to plant on a deforested mountain in the commune of Nyabikere in the Karusi Province, where Buterere Commune is also doing…
BIFERD celebrated in North Kivu, DRC, the IDDR 2015 with a presentation to a 500 audience on community evacuation plans, the Sendai Framework and the impacts of Climate Change. It was attended by more than 500 people inckuding local media, universities and secondary schools among other institutional actors.
To celebrate IDDR 2015, the Association for the Protection of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Bizerte organised an awareness walk to show the impacts of Climate Change on the Coastal Bizerte and prevention methods, that counted with the participation of near 80 people who walk along the magical scenery of Metline and Cap Zebib in Bizerte.
MCCR celebrated the IDDR 2015 by organising a media event held last week in Yangon, around the theme "Local and Scientific Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response". The event was organised by the Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience under the national DRR Working Group, with support from UNDP and funding from ECHO and the Prudence Foundation.
DRR KP Chapter (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan) of DRR Forum celebrated the IDDR 2015 by organizing a joint seminar at Peshawar University, sponsored through its partners HOPE’87, Actionaid, Care International, IDEA, SDO, URDO and CARAVAN.
NADDAF celebrates the IDDR 2015 with a workshop to mobilise CSOs, Community Committees for Development, Neighbourhood committees and young people around disaster risk reduction and climate change, under the theme "The challenge of flooding in the city of Lomé and its surroundings, and issues with Paris COP21".
Cultura Ambiental is celebrating the IDDR2015 with a series of workshops, starting in Paysandú, under the theme "Building Resilient Communities: education & participation for disaster risk reduction in Uruguay".
Amigos del Viento celebrated the IDDR2015 with the launch of the book titled "Conocimiento para la vida" (Knowledge for Life), presenting a collection of stories shared by grandparents with their grandchildren.
The GNDR member, Fernando Guasch Hechavarria, celebrates the IDDR2015, on behalf of CENAIS, presenting two conferences. The first at the Cuban Association for the United Nations, on Seismic Risk Management in Cuba; the second at the Cuban Geological Society, on Contemporary Disaster Studies and the Challenges of post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction.
Krisoker celebrated IDDR2015 by supporting the East Sujonkathi community in Bangladesh in their nomination to become UNISDR Champions of Disaster Risk Reduction. Their wait was worthwhile since in the end, the East Sujonkathi community was one among the eight communities that were recognised as Champions of Disaster Risk Reduction by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) during the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2015, under the theme “Knowledge…
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