UNDRR 2023 Survey for Persons with Disability and Disasters

Global Survey for Persons with Disability in Disaster-Prone Areas

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is once again conducting a survey designed for persons with disability or caregivers to share their experience of living in disaster-prone areas. It will be open until Friday, March 3, 2023. The survey is currently available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

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(Note: the survey link is in English; to change the language, click on the top-right dropdown arrow that has Text: "English United States")

This is a 10-year follow-up to a 2013 survey done by the UNDRR (then called UNISDR), to ascertain the needs of persons with disabilities and disasters. Those survey results are still cited in the UNISDR 2013 Survey on Living with Disabilities and Disasters - Key Findings.

In this new survey, UNDRR is again inviting persons with disability and other members of society to express their concerns, needs and recommendations.

The background to the survey is the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. It is the main international agreement aimed at reducing risk and harm from disasters and it mentions persons with disability as key stakeholders.

The purpose of the survey is to review whether the one billion persons with disability and living with disaster risk today are more involved in planning and decision-making processes to reduce risk or build resilience than we were in 2015, when the Sendai Framework was adopted.

The findings from this survey will be used to influence the remaining 7 years of the Sendai Framework’s implementation until 2030. In particular, it will help to inform a Mid-Term Review which is being done by countries, regional organizations, and the United Nations.

The Mid-Term Review will conclude in May 2023 at a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Its outcome will be important for future implementation of the Sendai Framework and how much priority is given to the needs and rights of persons with disability. It will also feed into other United Nations meetings and summits on sustainable development and climate change.

UNDRR would like to thank the following partner organizations for both their inputs for this survey and their guidance to disability inclusive DRR: International Disability Alliance, World Deaf Federation, World Institute on Disability, CBM Global, The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, RIADIS, ONG Inclusiva, National Indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal, The Disability-inclusive DRR Network for Asia and the Pacific (DiDRRN), Pacific Disability Forum, European Disability Forum, UNHCR, OHCHR.

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Closes: Friday, March 3, 2023

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