The main objective of the "Program of Indicators" has been the formulation of a system of indicators or indices that describes in a comparative way the disaster risk in different countries and allows the identification of the principal factors that contribute to the configuration of risk in each country. The model was constructed on the basis of a number of readily available and reasonably robust variables, which allow a coarse grain analysis of risk at an appropriate scale for national decision-making. However, other comparisons at other sub-national levels were explored, like country regions, urban districts and towns. The risk profile obtained not only highlight the comparative levels of risk between disaster-prone areas or units, but also the factors that should be considered in order to reduce that risk. The system of indicators of vulnerability and risk is multi-sectoral in scope and social in focus, looking at the relative probabilities of a society being unable to absorb the impact and recover from a given range of dangerous events. Each index model is 'indicative', and not attempt or pretend to be comprehensive or precise. Therefore the system of indicators is useful to inform decision-makers on priority areas for action and resource allocation, but it does not replace the need for detailed risk assessments and profiles as a basis for planning at the national and sub-national levels.