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United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)


The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is a strategic framework, adopted by United Nations Member States in 2000, aiming to guide and coordinate the efforts of a wide range of partners to:

  • Achieve substantive reduction in disaster losses
  • Build resilient nations and communities as an essential condition for sustainable development.

UNISDR works with numerous organizations, States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, technical bodies, the private sector and civil society, which work together and share information to reduce disaster risk. The UN provides the secretariat of the strategy.

As a representative of the private sector and a member of the Disaster Risk Reduction Private Sector Partnership (DRR-PSP), PATA has committed to promote and develop public-private partnership, leverage its expertise and strengths, foster a collaborative environment, and support the development and strengthening of regulations, policies, and programmes that enhance disaster risk reduction and improve destination resilience. Read more.



Tourism is one of the fastest growing but also most severely exposed sectors. To improve climate and disaster risk management and to strengthen resilience in hotels and throughout destinations, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Asia and Pacific (UNISDR), is collaborating with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH within the framework of the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM). Download Factsheet. Published by UNISDR, in cooperation with GIDRM and PATA

Download: Hotel Resilient Factsheet.

Download Presentation: Hotel Resilient – Strengthening the Resilience of the Tourism Sector


A scoping study to guide the development of the Hotel Resilient Initiative

produced by UNISDRPATA, GIDRM, with support from the German Government through GIZ.

Tourism is one of the most economically important sets of industries worldwide, yet the industry is also one of the most highly exposed to disasters due to its reliance on interrelated industries and location in many hazard prone regions.

The Hotel Resilient Initiative aims to develop internationally recognized standards for hotels and resorts that will assist them in reducing business risk and the risk of tourism destinations to natural and technological hazards, while demonstrating the level of preparedness and safety of their premises to potential clients, insurers and financers.

To better understand the current capacities and needs of the hotel industry in disaster resilience, this study aims to analyze the business context and its needs for specific disaster risk management standards, and make recommendations on how those standards could be most effective in reducing disaster risks. Read more.