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International Strategy for Disaster Reduction


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[Flag of ISDR]
image by Randy Young, 07 February 2015

[Flag of ISDR]
image by Randy Young, 07 February 2015

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The "United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) is the secretariat of the ISRD (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction). It is the successor to the secretariat of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction with the purpose of ensuring the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (General Assembly (GA) resolution 54/219 of 2000).
UNISDR is part of the United Nations Secretariat and its functions span the development and humanitarian fields. Its core areas of work includes ensuring disaster risk reduction (DRR) is applied to climate change adaptation, increasing investments for DRR, building disaster-resilient cities, schools and hospitals and strengthening the international system for DRR.
The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction builds upon the experience of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (1990-1999), which was launched by the General Assembly in 1989.  The International Strategy embodies the principles articulated in a number of major documents adopted during the Decade, including, in particular, the Yokohama Strategy for a Safer World: Guidelines for Natural Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Mitigation and its Plan of Action, and the text below entitled "A Safer World in the 21st Century: Disaster and Risk Reduction".
Both of these were endorsed at the Programme Forum on the International Decade held in Geneva from 5 to 9 July 1999, which also adopted the Geneva Mandate on Disaster Reduction
For additional information go to UNISDR (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 03 February 2015

The Flag

UNISDR uses the same flag as the UN.
The flag of ISDR is seen here and here, which is the logo on a white background.
Esteban Rivera, 03 February 2015

I just have a quick question regarding the ISDR flag. The two photographs that you linked from Flickr show the ISDR logo on a white field, but with the inscription in French. Yet the logo that you linked has the inscription in English. Do you know if there are multiple variants of the flag with the inscription in different languages, or is the French one the official ISDR flag?
Randy Young, 03 February 2015

Well, I hadn't noticed that until you pointed it out. Maybe there are flag variants having the name of the agency in English and French (since those two are the most common used languages when displaying UN related flags). I did a search for this flag with an inscription in English but couldn't find anything. So I guess for now we'll have to stick with the French version.
Esteban Rivera, 04 February 2015

I estimated the dimensions as roughly 3:4 based off the photographs that Esteban linked to us, and I kept the inscription in French instead of English. I used Times New Roman font, and opted for a dark blue font color, since I couldn't quite tell from the photos whether the lettering was dark blue or black.
I did some more poking around, and I found a photograph online of an ISDR flag with an English inscription. So I made an English-language image of the flag.
Randy Young, 07 February 2015