Call for submissions: Empowering the next generation for a disaster-free future

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UNDRR/Antoine Tardy

Dear Community Members,

We are excited to announce an opportunity for you to contribute to the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) 2024 campaign “Empowering the next generation for a disaster-free future” aimed at inspiring and engaging children and youth on disaster risk reduction worldwide.

We invite you to share your institution’s good practices in engaging children and youth on disaster resilience. These can include policies that embed children and youth in DRR education and decision making, educational materials, lesson plans, evacuation planning, games, competitions etc. We are also looking forward to receiving info/links to articles about the successful DRR events for youth and children you have organized in the past.

A selection of submissions will be included into the IDDRR campaign toolkit and shared with the schools and educators to inspire IDDRR events around the world.

Why Participate?

Increasing disasters, many of them driven by climate change, threaten the well-being of children. According to UNICEF, approximately one billion children worldwide are at extremely high risk due to climate impacts, including climate-related disasters. Beyond the risk of death and injury, children in the aftermath of a disaster face cascading impacts such as disruptions in schooling, nutrition, and healthcare.

Your participation is crucial in ensuring that community's voices are heard in shaping effective disaster preparedness and empowering the next generation. By sharing your experiences, you can directly contribute to building DRR awareness that can save lives and protect livelihoods.

How to Participate?

Participating in the campaign is easy!

Please fill in the form below. If you wish to share photos or video files, please do so through a file storage platform, i.e., Google Drive or WeTransfer (use this email address:

Please specify in the email title “IDDRR 2024 Toolkit Submission”.

The submission deadline is 16 May 2024.


We will share a selection of submissions in the campaign toolkit – if you do not want to be considered for the toolkit publication, please communicate it in the form.

We accept submission in 6 UN languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian and Arabic.

Thank you for your participation and commitment to building a stronger, more resilient community.

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact us at

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