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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 infrastructure

200. The statistical infrastructure covers the tools that support the operation of a statistical system. According to the survey carried out by the Task Force, current challenges include dissemination of small-scale statistics while ensuring confidentiality, lack of geocoded data, and cooperation between involved agencies. A review of the existing key infrastructure may be necessary to address the requirements fo r better HED-related information, new collections, and additional user needs. Changes would allow existing official statistics to take up its role as focal point for reporting on Sendai Framework indicators, the Paris Agreement, and SDG indicators and better serve the needs of disaster risk management, climate change and sustainable development.

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