Africa International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction webinar held on 13 October 2020
The Africa International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction Webinar was held on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 and organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa and the African Union Commission. The moderator for the first session was Ambassador Amjad Abbashar, chief for the UNDRR Regional Office for Africa, who detailed The Sendai 7 campaign, focusing on this year’s Target E, ’Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020’, which lays the foundation for the implementation of the Sendai Framework and is closely linked with Priority for Action 2: ‘Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk.’ Mami Mizutori, special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction said in her opening remarks that disasters do not recognise borders and that early warning must lead to early action. “COVID-19 taught us this as well. COVID-19 could cost the world economy 21 trillion USD”, said Mizutori. She noted that Italy donated three million Euros towards the Early Warning System project for Africa.
Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, the commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture for the African Union highlighted Target E of The Sendai 7 Campaign, requesting all African countries to reach this target by year end.
Moderator David Owino of Disaster Risk Reduction Association of Journalists (DIRAJ) and Kenya correspondent for Africa News set the scene, mentioning the current locust infestation and recent drought incidents, stating that 40 percent of drought incidents occurred in Africa, the highest present in the world.
Other speakers included Maria Mercedes Martinez, IFRC Disaster Law programme coordinator for the Africa Regional Office who discussed governance in Africa, with Keflemariam Sebhatu, Disaster Risk Management programme coordinator at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), Dr Banak J Dei Wal, director-general of Disaster Management and DRR National Focal Point for the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in South Sudan and South Africa’s Gareth Morgan, director: Resilience for the City of Cape Town, who all shared their progress towards achieving Target E.
Disaster Management Journal will feature the indepth review in its next edition.
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