About the GCDS


  During the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in March 2015, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, including seven global targets, was adopted by 187 countries. Furthermore, at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets, was approved. These targets include reducing disaster mortality, number of affected people, and direct economic losses.

However, even though these goals have been set, we will not be able to monitor the progress of the goals, unless disaster statistics, which will become the basic information, is not established in each country. In reality, the number of countries that have developed a system for disaster statistics is currently low, even among developed countries.    

Therefore, the International Research Institute of Disaster Statistics (IRIDeS), have set up the "Global Centre for Disaster Statistics" (GCDS) in April 2015, for the purpose of supporting the development of disaster statistics.


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  • Facilitate improvement of disaster related statistics including loss and damage data in countries, in collaboration with UNDP and other partner organizations.
  • Support UNISDR and national governments to monitor the progress of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Facilitate capacity of national / local governments to integrating scientific analysis based on disaster loss and damage data into policy making for comprehensive risk governance.
  • Contribute to mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in making policy globally



  Global Center for Disaster Statistics will be an initiative to create synergy among IRIDeS, UNDP and partner organizations. IRIDeS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNDP in August 2015 based on the strength of both organizations. UNDP will support the GCDS based on the experience in supporting development of national database in more than 30 countries and strong relationship between government in developing countries. IRIDeS will provide scientific analysis of disaster related data with experts in broad academic disciplines.

Centering on the partnership with UNDP, GCDS will cooperate with institutions engaging in disaster risk reduction worldwide, as well as the private sector to support national / local governments by integrating, scientific analysis into policy making and support UNISDR and national disaster management offices in monitoring the progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



Key Activities

To achieve the objectives above, GCDS will conduct activities in countries by phases, focusing on the following six areas.

  • Develop a partnership among GCDS, UNDP, National Disaster Management Offices and other related agencies in pilot countries (to be increased gradually) and consider the contents of support to be implemented by GCDS based on the needs of countries.
  • Establish a database to collect and archive disaster statistics and other related data globally.
  • Engage in the inter-governmental discussion of indicator setting for monitoring the progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provide scientific inputs.
  • Study the possibility of research and analysis, utilizing disaster loss and damage statistics and related statistics (hazards, socioーeconomics, and health sector) based on the needs of each country and promote related research projects.
  • Organize training programs, workshops and partnership meetings for administrative officers in developing countries, in cooperation with partner institutions.
  • Improve infrastructure to disseminate lessons learned in Japan, including the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, around the world.