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The private sector is a critical participant in the creation of risk-resilient societies. ARISE, the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, is a network of private sector entities led by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

UNDRR is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution (56/195) to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organizations and activities in socio‐economic and humanitarian fields. Specifically, UNDRR is the custodian agency of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030. It is an organisational unit of the UN Secretariat and is led by the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG).

ARISE is part of the UNDRR Strategic Framework and Work Programme covering 2016-2021 and guided by the UNDRR Partnership Strategy. In joining the ARISE, private sector companies voluntarily commit to support and implement the Sendai Framework, aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Climate Agreement, New Urban Agenda and Agenda for Humanity.

ARISE advocates for risk-informed development, disaster risk reduction and preparedness action by encouraging and supporting the private and public sectors to put in place policies and practices to reduce disaster risk and related human and economic losses. It mobilizes and facilitates the private sector to carry out risk-informed investments and to apply business practices that reduce and prevent the creation of risk, build resilience and enhance recovery from disasters, in line with the Sendai Framework.

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