ADRRN members felicitated with the 2022 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Dr Anshu Sharma and Dr Manu Gupta, Founders, SEEDS; and Dr Rajib Shaw, Professor at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan

We were delighted to congratulate ADRRN member SEEDS, India and Dr Raji Shaw being named laureate of the prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in Bali, Indonesia on May 25, 2022. “This award is given every three years to individuals or institutions that have made substantive impact in reducing disaster risk,” said Mami Mizutori, special representative of the secretary-general for disaster risk reduction, during the opening ceremony. 

The Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction focuses on the promotion of inclusive and resilient approaches in disaster risk reduction, reflecting the centrality of inclusiveness and resilience in the Sendai Framework. The 2022 Sasakawa Award honours practices and efforts made by institutions, individuals and groups that have best contributed to building resilience through a multi-hazard approach.

“A key tenet of UNDRR’s work is inclusivity. The Sendai Framework calls for inclusive disaster risk reduction to be integrated into planning, policy and funding. Unless we invest in prevention and building resilience, we will not be able to stop the spiral of disaster-response-recovery,” said Ricardo Mena, Director, UNDRR.

A record number of over 200 nominations from all regions were submitted for the 2022 Sasakawa Award.

“We are delighted and humbled by this award. It has been 28 years since we took up the mission to help build resilience among vulnerable communities. As we grapple with the global climate crisis, it is imperative for all of us to think of innovative ways, embrace technology as a leverage, and empower people to thrive despite recurring disasters. With the 2030 horizon for the Sendai Framework, SEEDS will continue building resilient communities through a holistic, inclusive, and multi-hazard approach,” said Dr Manu Gupta and Dr Anshu Sharma, founders, SEEDS.  

For more details on the other laurates click here to read

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