Kenya as Host
From the 16th to the 19th of November 2021, the Government of the Republic of Kenya will host the Eighth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Seventh High-Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, is hosting the activities (IGAD). The overarching theme of the Africa Regional Platform will be “Towards Disaster Risk-Informed Development for a Resilient Africa in a COVID-19 Transformed World.” The events on November 16-18 will take place digitally, while the High-Level/Ministerial session on November 19 will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, in a hybrid format.
Role of the ARPDRR
In a publication by the African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, it indicated that the Framework will aim to reach an agreement on a path forward that will allow the Member States to fulfill their promises to the Sendai Framework and the African Union’s Programme of Action for its implementation in Africa, thus also leading to the success of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the ‘Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.’
The High-Level/Ministerial conference invites together Disaster Risk Reduction Ministers and Heads of Diplomatic Missions from the Member States to discuss and endorse the Regional Platform’s conclusions.
The biennial Africa Regional Platform has established itself as a critical mechanism for reviewing progress, sharing experiences, good practices, and lessons learned on disaster risk reduction at the regional level. It brings together the Member States, Regional Economic Communities, development partners, and other disaster risk reduction stakeholders.
DDR Focal persons
This event is expected to host several thousands of people working in the area of disaster risk reduction with key personalities like H.E. Amb. Josefa L. Sako, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment African Union Commission (AUC), Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR and H.E. Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Executive Secretary.