Local authorities

Local authorities
Local authorities, together with other local governance actors have an important role to play in developing effective disaster risk strategies and initiatives for climate action and sustainable development.

Local authorities, as they form the closest institutional level to citizens and communities, bear the responsibility to build resilient communities. The Sendai Framework explicitly calls for the full empowerment of local authorities, through regulatory and financial means to work and coordinate with relevant stakeholders in disaster risk management at the local level.

UNDRR empowers local authorities to reduce existing risks and strengthen resilience of communities by providing capacity-building, knowledge and normative support.

UNDRR Local initiatives and partnerships

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Track your city's disaster losses and damages
The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are collaborating to develop a new tracking system to record and analyse hazardous events and disaster losses and damages. This new system is being co-designed with country partners, and offers information sharing features for different levels of governments to support risk-informed policymaking. You can install an instance of the new system within your city, or get access to your country's national system.
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Assess your city's resilience and risk areas
The Scorecard provides a set of assessments that allow local governments to assess their disaster resilience, structuring around UNDRR’s Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient. It also helps to monitor and review progress and challenges in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030 and supports the baseline analysis for preparation of the disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies.

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