ARPDRR in focus

Themed, “Towards Disaster Risk-Informed Development for a Resilient Africa in a COVID-19 Transformed World”. The African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction has commenced the Eighth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Seventh High-Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction from 16-19 November 2021.

The Platform is expected to reach an agreement on a path ahead that will allow the Member States to fulfill their obligations under the Sendai Framework and the African Union’s Programme of Action for its implementation in Africa.

4% of Africans Vaccinated

In a remark delivered by Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR, she emphasized that the African continent is facing multiple crises which are undermining efforts to eradicate poverty and threatening to derail efforts to reduce disaster losses. She further stated that it is very tragic that 4% of Africans were vaccinated against COVID 19, far short of the initial 60% target set for this year by Africa Centre for Disease Control and prevention.

Poverty, A Setback In Disaster Management

She believes poverty is a major driver of disaster risk, therefore the number of people living in abject poverty in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to have increased by more than 32 million last year. According to her, the region is also facing extreme weather conditions, therefore making the continent suffer from drought but the unusually long and intense rainy season in 2020 caused flooding and displacement in many already affected by civil conflict.

ARPDRR As A Change Framework

The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Mami Mizutori has assured that the regional platform will deliver a major boost of risk governance through a declaration reflecting member state priorities including the further development and implementation of impact-based early warning systems as well as national and local disaster risk reduction strategies

Ending her remarks, she again hinted that the high-level ministerial segments will also consider and adopt the revised metrics of the program of action of the implementation of the Sendai framework in Africa over the next 4 years.

The organizers of the event are the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).