The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is an international day that encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities and nations.

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was known to have started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Celebrated every 13 October, the day identifies how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

October 13th has been designated by United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction. An opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods, and health in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in March 2015.

The year 2020 target is “Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020” which lays the foundation for the implementation of the Sendai Framework and is closely linked with Priority for Action 2: “Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk.” centered on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on the Target of the Sendai Framework, reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.