"While the enabling, guiding and coordinating role of national and federal State Governments remain essential, it is necessary to empower local authorities and local communities to reduce disaster risk, including through resources, incentives and decision-making responsibilities, as appropriate" – The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction(p.13)


For this reason, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office of the Americas (UNISDR), in conjunction with the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management of Colombia (UNGRD), is pleased to invite all the leaders and community members of the region of the Americas to be part of this call for good practices answering this question:

Regional and Global Platforms for DRR have a pivotal role that they have already played in supporting the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 – 2015.The Sendai Framework also underscores the need for the Global Platform and the Regional Platforms to function as a coherent system of mechanisms in order to fully leverage on the potential of collaboration across all stakeholders and sectors to provide guidance and support in its implementation.


Regional Platforms and Global Platforms play a pivotal role in advancing the implementation of the Sendai Framework, offering privileged spaces for debate and learning and strengthening the collaboration of all the groups and sectors involved.


The main objective of the VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas will be to discuss the way in which governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, the private sector and the media could promote the application and measurement of the expected results of the Sendai Framework in the Americas. It is expected over 1,000 delegates, such as policy makers, professionals in various fields and experts in disaster risk management will attend the Platform.


How can disaster risk reduction be improved at a community level?

Members of local communities can help reduce the impact of disasters at the local level and strengthen the resilience of their communities. Become a change agent to reduce the risk of disasters!


Guide to participate in the community resilience video challenge:



  • That your community is or has been affected by a disaster.
  • That there has been or is manifesting a change (it could be a change in practices, behaviors, institutional changes, organizational, improvement of infrastructures, access, among others)
  • It needs to be guaranteed that the disaster risk is reduced / reduced and thus avoid new disasters in your community.


Start with the "What"

  • What  can you do to make your community more resilient
  • What have you done to make your community more resilient


Whatever your idea, think about turning it into a video that can be exhibited and presented to the high level authorities of the Americas. You could be invited by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia to present your video!


What do you need to do?

Create a video that lasts between 30 seconds and 1 minute that answers the following question:


How can disaster risk reduction be improved in your community? How has disaster risk reduction improved in your community?

The video should explain your idea using everyday language. Your video should highlight resilience at the community level, it should be informative and with a good sound. Extra points for creativity!


The winning video will be seen by high level delegates, such as ministers and high level decision makers!


The finalist videos will be included in the YouTube channel of UNISDR – The  Americas and the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) of Colombia and projected during the VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas ( PR18), to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, during which about 1,000 delegates and authorities from all over the continent will discuss the policies and programs related to disaster risk reduction.


How to participate?

∙ ¿Are you over 18 years old and a reside in the Americas? (check out the list of countries and territories below) you must upload your video to YouTube before Abril 30th 2018 6:00PM Colombia time.


∙ Load your video in your own YouTube channel and add to your title the following hashtags #ComunidadesResilientes y #SendaiAmericas (if you don't have a video channel you can make one in no time following the instructions on the YouTube website).


∙ Click  "share" and send the link via email to:  


 ∙ Share and promote your video in social media as much as possible!


∙ By sharing your video with us you're accepting the Terms and Conditions


Terms and conditions:

  1. The challenge for community resilience is open to all persons residing in the Americas, including North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, who are over 18 years of age.

Video criteria:

The video must answer the following questions:


  1. How can disaster risk reduction in your community be improved? How has the risk reduction been improved in your community? The videos must not exceed 2 minutes.

  2. The videos must be uploaded to YouTube using the hashtags #ComunidadesResilientes and #SendaiAmericas and the link must be sent to

  3.  The only videos reviewed will be the ones sent to:

  4. The videos can be sent in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish (with subtitles in Spanish or English).

  5. Videos that are offensive to an individual or an organization that have a negative, rude and / or abusive tone will not be accepted.

  6. We reserves the right to refuse, edit or remove any of the following: o racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, slanderous, insulting, or life-threatening content; o serious, unproven, unsupported, or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations; 4 o abusive, aggressive, coarse, explicit, vulgar, violent, obscene or pornographic content; o content that encourages or suggests illegal activity; o announcements, solicitations, advertisements, or endorsements of any organizations or corporations; o attempts to defame or defraud any individual, group or agency; or o unintelligible or irrelevant content.

  7. The videos can be projected on television, used for public purposes or projected in other events. We do not promise to use the videos for any of the purposes listed.

  8. Only videos shown on the YouTube channel of UNISDR and UNGRD will be considered for voting.


By sending your video to you accept the "terms and conditions". Participants must send their video by email between January 20th, 2018 and April 30th, 2018 at 6:00PM Colombia time.


It is the sole responsibility of each participant to ensure that their video is received before the closing date and time. If you did not receive a confirmation email in 2 days be sure to contact: with the name and link of the video.


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