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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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Key terms and concepts

33. Key terms and concepts associated with hazardous events and disasters have been developed by other expert communities because statistics related to this subject are not within the traditional portfolio of NSOs. 2.1 discusses key terms and their links. 2.2 presents the phases of disaster risk management that are relevant for understanding the roles, responsibilities and functions of governmental institutions, including NSOs. A glossary of important terms and definitions is provided in Annex II. Glossary of main terms.

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