The ISC and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

In 2022, the ISC pursued its long-standing role in fostering international research on disaster risk reduction (DRR), working in close collaboration with the UNDRR, and driving expertise in the field through several policy briefs and active engagement at key events of the DDR global agenda.

Jointly with the UNDRR and the Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk KAN), the ISC co-published a briefing note on systemic risk. The brief provided an innovative integrated perspective of climate, environmental and disaster risk science and practice regarding systemic risk. Through an overview of the concepts of systemic risk that have evolved over time, it identified commonalities across terminologies and perspectives in different contexts.

The ISC was also actively involved in the 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Bali, Indonesia. The ISC coordinated the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group inputs, in close collaboration with the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Programme (IRDR). The ISC also organized an event focusing on closing the gap between DRR knowledge and practice at the local level, with an ‘Ignite Stage’ presentation to better understand and measure disaster vulnerability at different levels. Additionally, the ISC published three policy briefs addressing (i) data for disaster response and recovery, (ii) the use of the UNDRR–ISC Hazard Information Profiles, and (iii) the knowledge-to-action gap at the local level.

Finally, the ISC assembled a working group to prepare a critical input into the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, with a comprehensive evaluation report to be published in early 2023.


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