Collective resilience: Celebrating members’ achievements in disaster risk reduction

By Communications
6 October 2023


In an ever-changing risk landscape, we pause to recognise the exceptional accomplishments of our network. These dedicated individuals and organisations are pioneering change, even in the face of humanitarian funding gaps, the climate crisis, and the pressing challenges to civic space. Join us in applauding their unwavering dedication to creating safer and more resilient communities worldwide.


1. Human Rights And Business Award 2022

Mirvari Gahranmali, GNDR National Focal Point and founding member of the Oil Workers’ Rights Protection Organization (OWRPO), has been honoured with this year’s Human Rights And Business Award. For 26 years, OWRPO has tirelessly championed the rights of people, particularly oil workers, in Azerbaijan’s energy sector. The organisation ensures civil society oversight of oil and gas companies, striving for transparent and fair spending of industry revenues for societal benefits, including education and health. With a $50,000 grant, this prestigious award recognizes outstanding work by human rights defenders in the Global South* or the former Soviet Union, addressing the human rights impacts of businesses in these regions. 

2. Latin American Leaders Awards 2022

Amigos del Viento Society for meteorology environment development shone at the Latin American Leaders Awards 2022 in Vienna, Austria. The prestigious award, presented by The Global School for Social Leaders and sponsored by esteemed leader associations, including the Ban Ki-Moon Center for Global Citizens founded by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, brought the organisation international acclaim. Positioned prominently in the global spotlight, Amigos del Viento’s commendable leadership in driving sustainable transformation across Latin America garnered them this coveted recognition. The honour underscores their vital contributions to the region’s progress, while Amigos del Viento Executive Director and GNDR’s Global Chair, Graciela Salaberri, earned the title of one of The Global School for Social Leaders‘ Authentic Women for 2023.

    3. National Environment Award 2022

BEDS (Bangladesh Environment and Development Society) was honoured with the prestigious National Environment Award 2022 in the environmental education and publicity category at the institutional level for its contribution to environment and ecosystem conservation. The award was presented during the World Environment Day and Environment Fair 2023 by Mr. Muhammad Hasan Mahmud, MP, the Honourable Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, PM, at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka. BEDS expressed sincere gratitude to its beneficiaries, donors, partners, and well-wishers for their continuous support, and this recognition will motivate them to pursue their goal of living harmoniously with nature and drive future initiatives effectively.



1. Comprehensive School Safety Framework 2022-2030 and GADRRRES

Developed by the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES), the Comprehensive School Safety Framework 2022-2030 empowers education sector policymakers and administrators to promote child rights, sustainability, and resilience. Covering diverse hazards, from climate change to health and conflict, it enhances access, quality, and management strategies. Originally established in 2012 and revised in 2022 to address global climate crises and emerging risks like COVID-19, CSSF spurred transformations in education planning and resource allocation. Endorsed by 70+ countries, translated into 10 languages, and supported by CSSF Targets, Indicators, research, guidance, and case studies, it ensures impactful implementation. 

2. Disability Inclusive Get Ready Guidebook

Atullya Foundation Private Limited, Nepal, with financial support from USAID Tayar Nepal, developed the trailblazing Disaster Get Ready Guidebook to address gaps in Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR). The guidebook offers stakeholders knowledge on treating different disabilities in pre, during, and post-disaster situations. It was meticulously crafted through consultations with disability representatives, government officials, and Gender and Sexual Minorities with disabilities. The Nepal Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs took ownership during the Multi-Stakeholder Conference on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in September 2022. Printed in Nepali, English, and Braille, it promotes inclusivity, and its recognition at international conferences marks a historic milestone for Nepal’s private sector.

3. Framework for Integrating Human Rights and Equality (FIRE) in Disaster Risk Reduction: 

The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) unveiled the groundbreaking Framework for Integrating Human Rights and Equality (FIRE), empowering communities in disaster risk reduction. FIRE systematically consolidates gender equality principles and international human rights-based standards relevant to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Focusing on the Governance systems and structures dimension, it encourages state actors to create diverse platforms for civil society, particularly marginalised groups, to assert their rights. The Framework’s development involved extensive research, workshops, and consultations in Nepal and the Philippines. Jointly implemented by ADPC, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, it’s part of the program on Building Resilience through Inclusive and Climate-Adaptive Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific (BRDR).

As we applaud these remarkable achievements, we draw inspiration from the unwavering dedication of all GNDR members who play a crucial role in creating a safer, stronger, and fairer world for everyone.

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