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History of GNDR

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Disaster Risk Reduction is a model of disaster management which emerged in the 1970s. Many of those who would become GNDR’s founding members were present at the UN 'World Conference for Disaster Reduction' in Kobe, Japan in January 2005; which established the present ten-year plan for action on Disaster Risk Reduction – the 'Hyogo Framework for Action'. They were representatives of civil society organisations, who attended to observe and to advocate on behalf of the communities around the world who are most at risk from the impact of disasters.

An underlying concern of these civil society representatives was that the high level policy statements of policy frameworks such as this one would not be translated into effective implementation and change at the frontline – where communities vulnerable to disasters live and work. In expressing this concern, they had history on their side, as the review of the preceding ten-year programme, the 'Yokohama Strategy for Natural Disasters' had concluded that intentions still needed to be turned into actions. It became clear that by working together, civil society could increase their effectiveness in advocacy and campaigning. As a result, over the following two years, a series of discussions and meetings let to an agreement to form the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) in 2007.

The network was initiated with the close support of the Secretariat of the UN-International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR), in collaboration with the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). GNDR was officially launched in Geneva during the first session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in June 2007.

Throughout 2007 and 2008, the UN-ISDR supported the development of the network in various ways, including the publication of an annual compilation of “Good Practices and Lessons Learnt” by NGOs in DRR. Now, GNDR’s activities complement the UN-ISDR’s work programme by providing a voice to civil society. 

GNDR is currently located in Teddington (London) under the leadership of its Executive Director, Marcus Oxley and its current Global Board (appointed January 2015). On its 10th anniversary, GNDR has launched a video to show the history of GNDR since its origins back in 2005 in Kobe, Japan, up to 2017 and its recent presence in Cancun on the 2017 GPDRR. The video is a celebration of the people that have worked hard for GNDR in the last 10 years to make it a success and believed in our mission and shared our values. The story also gives special thanks to the individuals and agencies that have supported financially GNDR in the past and are supporting currently our network.

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A history of GNDR: #10 years together [Disponible también en español] Video: Inka Stafrace / Jesus Cordero

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