The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster risk. The GAR is published by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and is the product of the contributions of nations, public and private disaster risk-related science and research, amongst others.
Our World at Risk: Transforming Governance for a Resilient Future
COVID-19 and climate change are rapidly making it clear that, in today’s crowded and interconnected world, disaster impacts increasingly cascade across geographies and sectors. Despite progress, risk creation is outstripping risk reduction.
Despite commitments to build resilience, tackle climate change and create sustainable development pathways, current societal, political and economic choices are doing the reverse. This jeopardizes not only achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, but also hinders progress towards the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
GAR Special Report on Drought 2021
The GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 explores the systemic nature of drought and its impacts on achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the SDGs and human and ecosystems health and wellbeing. It calls for immediate action to reduce drought risks. Thinking ahead and acting in advance of drought has far lower costs than reacting and responding to the impacts once drought hits.
The 2019 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is informed by the latest data – including Sendai Framework target reporting by countries using the Sendai Framework Monitor – and infers early lessons on the state of the global disaster risk landscape. While the observed period is still too short to reach definitive conclusions at a global scale, it is possible to ascertain certain patterns in terms of magnitude, geographic and socioeconomic distribution of impacts and abstract several points of departure for where and how countries have seen successes in reducing risk.
GAR 2017 Report
GAR Atlas: Unveiling Global Disaster Risk
The GAR Atlas presents the risk associated with a number of hazards (earthquakes, tsunamis, riverine flooding, cyclonic winds and storm surge) with a global level of observation and a national level of resolution. By using the same methodology, arithmetic and exposure model to calculate the risk for all these hazards, the GAR Atlas provides globally comparable multi-hazard risk metrics and enables comparisons of risk levels between countries and regions and across hazard types. In this way, the GAR Atlas facilitates a better understanding of the global risk landscape, enabling the estimation of the order of magnitude of probable losses in each country, and taking into account the risk contributions from different hazards.
Making Development Sustainable: The Future of Disaster Risk Management
The 2015 edition presents the case for a broad reinterpretation of disaster risk reduction. As the HFA was drawing to a close, GAR15 questions whether the way in which disaster risk reduction has been approached under the HFA is really fit for purpose in a world now threatened by catastrophic increases in disaster risk. It showed why the focus of disaster risk reduction needs to move from managing disasters to managing risks if it is to contribute to making development sustainable.
From Shared Risk to Shared Value: the Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction
The 2013 edition explored the nexus between private investment and disaster risk and showed how businesses can invest in managing their disaster risks to reduce the costs and interruptions represented by disaster losses and impacts, and how they can enhance performance and reputation by minimizing uncertainty and unpredictability.
Revealing Risk, Redefining Development
The 2011 edition identified effective public policies to address the disaster risk–poverty nexus and the political and economic imperatives and constraints for increased public investment in disaster risk reduction. Using innovative hybrid probabilistic risk models, GAR11 produced risk profiles for a number of countries in order to demonstrate how a risk-layered approach to managing disaster risks could maximize benefits while reducing costs.
Risk and poverty in a changing climate
The 2009 edition of the GAR provided evidence that disaster risk is disproportionately concentrated in lower-income countries with weak governance and explores how underlying drivers such as badly planned and managed urban development, vulnerable rural livelihoods, environmental degradation, poverty and inequality, further generate and accumulate disaster risk in low-income communities and households.