Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) has been a focus of RI since 2014.
Persons with disabilities are approximately two to four times more likely to die than the general population when a disaster occurs. Often, disability perspectives are not included in legal frameworks, policies and action plans for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and physical infrastructure and disaster response services do not incorporate universal design principles. Public service announcements are often issued in inaccessible formats, and shelters and other facilities often are not barrier-free.
In order to promote the importance of including disability rights in DRR negotiations, RI co-organized the Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction along with United Nations ESCAP and Nippon Foundation, which took place in Sendai, Japan in April. RI President Jan Monsbakken has also met with key players in the Japanese government and civil society sector to promote DiDRR in the region, and our work on the issue continues around the world.
Read more about RI’s DiDRR efforts in 2014: