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Recommendations on Measuring Hazardous Events and Disasters

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The Recommendations clarify the role of national statistical offices and other members of national statistical systems in providing information related to hazardous events and disasters, and identify practical steps needed for these organisations, in coordination with national agencies responsible for disaster risk management, to better support disaster risk management efforts. The Recommendations have been prepared by the UNECE Task Force on Measuring Extreme Events and Disasters, composed of Armenia, Italy (Chair), New Zealand, Republic of Moldova, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey, and the following international organisations: UN ECLAC; European Space Agency (ESA), Eurostat, FAO, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, UNECE, UN ESCAP, UNISDR, WHO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Furthermore, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) participated in the work of the Task Force.

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Role of the national statistical system

111. Official statistics can be used to measure hazardous events and disasters in many ways. NSS provides important socio-demographic, economic, and environmental statistics needed in each phase of disaster risk management. Currently, the involvement of NSS in this area varies across countries due to differences in national priorities and institutional settings.

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