First Meeting of the Expert Group on Disaster-related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific

27 Oct 2014 to 29 Oct 2014
Sendai, Japan

The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, the Statistics Division, and the Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia of ESCAP, together with the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University, are organizing the first meeting of the Expert Group on Disaster-related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific.

Constituted under ESCAP Commission resolution 70/2, experts from Governments, regional and international organizations as well as research institutes from the field of statistics and disaster risk reduction come together to discuss and develop a basic range of disaster-related statistics. The outcome of this work is expected to strengthen evidence-based policy making in disaster risk management, and contribute to the monitoring and reporting of a disaster risk management component of the forthcoming sustainable development goals and post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

Experts will establish the scope of a basic range of disaster-related statistics including i) defining and classifying disaster events, ii) determining basic disaster impact statistics, and iii) identifying a framework for developing statistical standards and for the compilation and dissemination of those statistics.