2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction - 14 October

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction


The 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction will be observed on 14 October and is dedicated to the theme ‘Hospitals safe from Disaster’.


Hospital safety is essential – in the recent disasters in the Philippines, Vietnam and China, Samoa and Indonesia and West Africa, not only lives were lost, but lifesaving health infrastructure was severely affected. Therefore, the United Nations urge the global community to build new hospitals that will withstand the impacts of natural hazards.


To mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, UNISDR, WHO and partners are organizing a main event in London and further events all around the globe.


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Watch live from London the global event (9 am - 11.30 am GMT)

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