Children at the heart of the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, celebrated on October 13, is a day to raise awareness about how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. This year the day highlights in particular the role of children and young people as partners for disaster risk reduction. Earlier this year, at the 2011 Global Platform meeting, the Children’s Charter for Disaster Risk Reduction was launched with the aim of raising awareness of the need to put children at the heart of efforts to prepare for disasters before they strike.

To celebrate the day, several activities are taking place across the globe, many of them organised by VOICE members. To get a good overview of the different activities, please take a look at the dedicated website of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

Three VOICE members, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision work in close partnership with UNISDR. Plan International has worked for example with adolescent girls and boys in Ecuador to ensure that their voices are heard when preventing and mitigating local risks.

In Myanmar, Save the Children has been working with children and young people to identify especially vulnerable parts of their community.