Disaster risk management is now considered as a globally important topic and global efforts are being made to mitigate disasters through integration of different stakeholders. Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) adopted seven global targets and four priorities for substantial reduction of disaster risk. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2016-2030) addressed disaster risk reduction under its Goal 11. Global target 11.5 of SDG is directly linked to disaster risk reduction and protection of vulnerable people. Existing and rapidly growing densely populated urban areas of most developing countries are not facilitated with adequate safety measures. Major disasters like Cyclone Sidr (2007), Haiti Earthquake (2010), Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011), Rana Plaza Collapse (2013), Nepal Earthquake (2015), and the recent climate change related events indicate increased global vulnerability to disasters.
BUET, the oldest institution for the study of Engineering, Architecture and Planning in Bangladesh, has sixteen departments and six institutes.
Founded in 2010, BUET-JIDPUS aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals in the field of disaster risk reduction and promote disaster reduction by disseminating knowledge. Department of Architecture, established in 1962, is the oldest institution for imparting architectural education in Bangladesh. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, also founded in 1962, aims to serve communities to enhance their quality of life, promote equity through fostering disadvantaged population and maintain a controlled and guided growth. Since 1974, Institute of Water and Flood Management has been pursuing research and capacity development in the field of water and flood management that is vital for economic development and social prosperity. Originally established in 1956, Capital Development Authority RAJUK is working to make the capital city Dhaka as a planned, livable and environment friendly city.