Reducing risk, saving lives

 

Every year, some 25 million people flee from sudden onset disasters such as floods, storms, mudslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, and more. When slow onset disasters are added, the numbers of people displaced each year easily rises beyond 200 million.

 

In 2019, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) partnered with the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the Norwegian Refugee council to produce the Words into Action guidelines on Disaster Displacement. The goal of the guidelines is to explain how governments can practically implement Sendai Framework Target (e) to reduce the risk of disaster displacement and related human suffering.

 

Disaster
displacement

 

25 MILLION
PEOPLE

 

are displaced by sudden onset disasters
every year, but this figure rises when
drought, famine or other slow onset
disasters are added.

Source: iDMC

East Asia
and Pacific

 

9.3 MILLION
PEOPLE

 

were displaced by disaster in 2018,
making this region the world’s most
affected.

Source: iDMC

Solutions
 

 

6 MEASURES
 

 

advised by UNDRR to reduce the impact
of disaster displacement.

 

DISASTER DISPLACEMENT: 10 IMPACTS AND 6 RESPONSES


Fleeing disaster can mean the difference between life and death. But displacement can also create new risks if not properly addressed. Learn about 10 big impacts displacement can have and six steps countries can take to reduce potential damages.

Q&A with Mami Mizutori
 


With climate change making extreme weather events much more frequent and intense, it is projected that disaster displacement will increase, particularly in developing countries.
 

Q&A Mami Mizutori

Interview with Nina Birkeland


The statistics may have failed to capture it, but disaster displacement could affect as many as 200 million people per year, says the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Nina Birkeland.

Nina Birkeland

6 STEPS TO REDUCE RISK, EXPLAINED


Effective disaster risk reduction strategies can prevent displacement. Recognising risks, mitigating them when possible, and ensuring communities are well-prepared helps avoid displacement and respond when it does occur.

Podcast

WORD INTO ACTION guidelines: a 6-steps solution for 10 impacts


In this podcast, Mami Mizutori, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Atle Solberg, Head of the Platform on Disaster Displacement and other experts look at how countries and communities can ensure they are robustly prepared to respond to displacement and respond resiliently when displacement does occur.

 

 

 

DISPLACEMENT TIMELINE AND THE GOAL OF SENDAI FRAMEWORK TARGET B

 

2013
4 million people displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, that devasted large parts of the Philippines.

 
 

2015
2.8 million people displaced by earthquakes in Nepal.

 
 

2016
up to 90% of homes destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean in 2016, with Haiti suffering the most impacts.

 

SENDAI FRAMEWORK TARGET B
is the goal to substantially reduce the number of people affected by disasters globally by 2030.

 

Words into Action

All the guides in the series