International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction - October 13
Thu, Oct 13, 2022

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

October 13 is International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to celebrate the progress made in reducing vulnerability to natural disasters. On this holiday, the merits of people specializing in solving problems to reduce the risk of the population in emergency situations are celebrated. On October 13, ideas are manifested about the joint work of the government and citizens to improve the safety of living conditions.


Since 1990, the UN General Assembly has been actively working to improve awareness of the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters. Since that time, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction has been celebrated. In 2022, the UN also decided to continue to celebrate this day every year to promote the need to mitigate the negative effects of emergencies. Also, this day is needed to increase people’s awareness of exactly how you can protect yourself and your family during unexpected catastrophic events.

Interesting facts

On the occasion of the holiday, let us recall the following facts related to natural disasters:

  • since 1900, there has not been a single report of a natural disaster in Qatar, due to the remoteness from the dangerous regions of Oceania, Southeast Asia and Central America;
  • Switzerland and Ecuador do best in disaster risk reduction: Switzerland, for example, has multimillion-dollar early warning systems for avalanches, landslides and floods;
  • The most powerful earthquake in the world was recorded in southern Chile in 1960.

How to celebrate

The importance of this holiday can be shared on social media using hashtags such as #OnlyTogether and #DRRday. Using the same hashtags, you can find the latest news related to risk reduction in emergencies published by UNESCO. On this day, you can also visit the UNESCO Global Geopark or one of the events that this organization holds around the world.

When is International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrated in 2022?

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is observed on October 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday October 13 2022
Friday October 13 2023
Sunday October 13 2024
Monday October 13 2025
Tuesday October 13 2026

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