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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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Executive Summary

1. This publication presents recommendations for national statistical offices (NSOs) and other organisations within national statistical systems (NSS), who would like to engage more in the measurement of hazardous events and disasters, on their roles in supporting work on this emerging topic. NSS in every country holds a wealth of information that may be applied in all phases of disaster risk management. In addition, national statistical systems have other competencies that are useful in the work in this area; notably, experience in coordinating different data producers; use of common standards and classifications; and adherence to strict professional principles and quality criteria. However, national statistical systems are often not involved in supporting disaster risk management to the extent they could be.

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