Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards

2013 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky

United Nations Organizations and Natural Disasters

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4399-4_42

Introduction and historical background

The content of this entry does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The United Nations (UN) and its system of organizations is an international ensemble that addresses various areas of concern to Member States and member communities. The UN system includes specialized agencies, autonomous bodies, and programs having specific mandates and carrying out varied missions. This entry provides an overview of different United Nations entities’ involvement in activities related to natural disasters. One of the UN’s key roles is managing international partnerships and promoting multilateral cooperation with respect to disaster risk attenuation and post-disaster situations. The UN plays a leading role in global collaboration for the understanding and assessment of natural hazards, the mitigation of their consequences, as well as the provision and coordination of disaster relief...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section for Disaster ReductionUNESCOParisFrance