Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools

The Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) is a government-led global partnership that aims at securing political commitment and fostering safe schools implementation globally. WISS motivates and supports Governments to develop and implement national school safety policies, plans and programs in combination with the three technical aspects of Comprehensive School Safety. For more information, view the WISS informational document (PDF) and the WISS Action Plan (PDF)

The Worldwide Initiative offers technical assistance and particular expertise to support interested Governments in implementing Comprehensive School Safety at the national level, and promotes good practices and achievements in safe school implementation for replication in other countries and regions. Technical resources provided by GADRRRES can be found on the WISS Technical Support Package page.

Currently, 52 countries have signed up to WISS:

AlgeriaEcuadorLebanonSouth Africa
AnguillaFijiMadagascarSt Kitts and Nevis
Antigua and BarbudaFinlandMéxicoSt Lucia
ArmeniaGeorgiaMontserratSt Vincent & the Grenadines
BoliviaGuyanaNepalThailand
BrazilHonduras NigeriaTunisia
CambodiaIndonesiaPanamaTurkey
ChinaItalyPapua New GuineaTurkmenistan
Costa RicaI.R. IranParaguayTurks and Caicos
CroatiaJapanPeruTuvalu
CubaKazakhstanPhilippinesVanuatu
DominicaKyrgyzstanQatarVirgin Islands
Dominican RepublicLao PDRSamoaUSA

WISS Membership Process Information

UNISDR and GADRRRES are pleased to announce that a formal process has been established for countries that are interested in becoming WISS Champion Countries. Any countries that have not yet undertaken the informal membership process and that are interested in becoming a WISS member are invited to follow the steps below to submit a formal letter of interest:

  1. Review the WISS informational document (PDF) and the WISS Action Plan for complete details regarding WISS objectives and the commitments of Champion Countries.
  2. Craft a brief letter of interest, including a statement from a member of the national education authority Senior Management indicating the desire to sign up to WISS and become a WISS Champion Country.
  3. Include in the letter the designation of a focal point and their contact information.
  4. Send the letter to
    Mr. Robert Glasser Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) c/o Palais des Nations 8-14 Avenue de la Paix CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
    with copies sent to Christel Rose at rosec@un.org and to the chairs of any Comprehensive School Safety or Education in Emergency coordination mechanism in the country.

Upon receipt of the letter of interest, UNISDR will provide an official response as well as information on next steps.

Language translations for the above membership process can be found below:

WISS Support Resources
Research & Evidence
Pillar 1 - Safe Learning Facilities
Pillar 2 - School Disaster Management
Pillar 3 - Risk Reduction and Resilience Education