Together with the World Health Organization Sasakawa Health Prize and the UN Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize, the United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction is one of the three prestigious prizes established in 1986 by the founding Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Mr. Ryoichi Sasakawa. The United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction is awarded to an individual or institution that has made active efforts to reduce disaster risk in their community and advocates for disaster risk reduction.
The central theme for the Sasakawa Award 2022 is “Building resilience through a multi-hazard approach.” Since the 2019 Sasakawa Award, the world has changed. The COVID-19 pandemic, a global disaster of epic proportions, continues to affect millions of people, with devastating economic and social impact. Compounded by climate change, ecosystem degradation, and a range of other risk drivers, the crisis has shown how inter-connected disaster impacts cascade across geographies and sectors. We live in a multi-hazard world where disasters are affecting everyone, while exacerbating existing inequalities and disproportionally affecting the most vulnerable people. Managing complex and interconnected risks is a pressing global challenge of today.
Disasters, economic loss, and the underlying vulnerabilities that drive risk, such as poverty and inequality, are increasing just as ecosystems and biospheres are at risk of collapse. Ecologies, food systems, supply chains, economies, and social services; virtually all global systems are becoming more connected and therefore vulnerable in an uncertain risk landscape. The Sustainable Development Goals and targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction cannot be reached without accelerated action to build resilience to these multi-dimensional systemic risks.
The Sasakawa Award focuses on the promotion of inclusive and resilient approaches in disaster risk reduction, reflecting the centrality of inclusiveness and resilience in the Sendai Framework. The 2022 Sasakawa Award will honor practices and efforts made by institutions, individuals and groups that have best contributed to building resilience through a multi-hazard approach. The theme is aligned with the 2022 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction which will put the spotlight on Global Sendai Target G of the Sendai Framework (“substantially increase the availability of and access to multi‑hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030”).
The Sasakawa Award will recognize selected candidates (individuals, groups, organizations, local authorities, etc.) through an award accompanied by a grant. The Award promotes importance of a more people-centered preventive approach to disaster risk, as well as inclusive and accessible disaster risk reduction practices, in line with the Sendai Framework.
Candidates should be among individuals or groups who are already working in the field of disaster risk reduction and are able to present their achievements. However, future activities and visions will also be taken into consideration in the selection process. In addition to recognizing individuals or groups for their achievements, the Sasakawa Award also seeks to encourage and support to continue their good work with the grant and the visibility it brings.
It is possible to nominate an individual or an institution such as a community group, civil society organization, government agency at local or national level, NGO or private sector entity for this Award. Previous winners cannot be nominated again; and a nominator cannot nominate him/herself ororganization where nominator works.
Candidates are advised to have had some engagement with UNDRR-related processes or initiatives, such as the National Platforms, Regional Platforms and Global Platforms, Making Cities Resilient Initiative, and the voluntary commitments by relevant stakeholders and others […]