The Disaster Law Programme seeks to reduce human vulnerability by promoting legal preparedness for disasters. Previously known as the International Disaster Response Laws, Rules and Principles (IDRL) Programme, the Programme has now broadened its focus to cover legal issues related to disaster risk reduction and recovery.
Legal gaps in disaster risk reduction can have a significant impact on the resilience of communities to disasters. Similarly, experience shows that without the appropriate legal instruments to deal with disaster response, authorities can be overwhelmed by relief operations and vital aid can be delayed. The Disaster Law Programme contributes to more effective disaster preparedness and getting relief to vulnerable people faster.
Learn more about the programme's background and activities and its 2016 plan.