Highlights and images of main proceedings for 12 October 2018

Tunisia

Summary

Highlights for Friday, 12 October 2018

L-R: Jean D'Cunha, UN Women; Kirsi Madi, Director, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); Amjad Mohamed-Saleem, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); Adalah Atteereh, Minister of Environment, Palestine; Iman Rafei, Deputy Governor, Zgharta District, Lebanon; and Richard Asaba Bagonza, Kampala International University, Uganda

The Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) continued on Friday, 12 October in Tunis, Tunisia. IISD/RS covered a selection of sessions on: gender inclusive DRR; partnership for DRR; and DDR in a fragile and conflict context. The session on gender inclusive DRR underscored: the gender dimensions of climate change and how gender focused research can highlight the magnitude of risks faced by men and women; boys and girls; youth; people with disabilities; and other disadvantaged groups. During the session on partnership for DRR, participants considered the role of scientific evidence-based assessments for strengthening intergovernmental processes around DRR and how enhancing participatory, self-led meaningful engagement is key to successful partnerships. A special session on DRR in a fragile and conflict context addressed the global trend of increased vulnerability to disaster and how empowering women has led to environmental and social gains, reinforcing the need to empower local leadership in the absence of state leadership.In the afternoon, an Africa-Arab High-Level Session focused on enhancing coherence among DRR, climate change and SDGs for inclusive, resilient and sustainable development in Africa and Arab regions. Participants compared progress on integrating the Sendai Framework with the post-2015 processes such as the SDGs, and Paris Agreement within the Africa and Arab States, and identified common areas of interest for the two regions for future collaboration.Arab States and Africa plenary sessions provided participants an opportunity to reflect and comment on the draft Tunis declaration for the sixth high-level meeting on DRR. In the evening, participants attended a reception hosted by the Government of Tunisia.

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Working Session 5: Gender Inclusive DRR
Kirsi Madi, Director, UNISDR
Adalah Atteereh, Minister of Environment, Palestine
Amjad Mohamed-Saleem, IFRC
Richard Asaba Bagonza, Kampala International University, Uganda
Iman Rafei, Deputy Governor, Zgharta District, Lebanon
Jean D'Cunha, UN Women, addresses the room
Working Session 6: Partnership for DRR
L-R: Chadi Abdallah, National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS); Ibrahim Adam El Dukheri, Director-General, Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD); Dominique Kuitsouc, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), African Union; Quamrul Chowdhury, Lead Climate Negotiator, LDC States; Reda Shmait, UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN-MGCY); and Ailsa Holloway, Director, Periperi U Secretariat
Ibrahim Adam El Dukheri, Director-General, AOAD
Reda Shmait, UN-MGCY
Quamrul Chowdhury, Lead Climate Negotiator, LDCs
Ailsa Holloway, Periperi U
Chadi Abdallah, CNRS
Dominique Kuitsouc, ECCAS
Disaster Risk Reduction in a Fragile and Conflict Context: National and Local Perspectives
L-R: Nina Stuurman, International Organization for Migration (IOM); Katie Peters, ODI; Hamza Said Hamza, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Somalia; Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO; and Banak Dei Wal, Director General of Disaster Management, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, South Sudan
Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO
Nina Stuurman, IOM, and Katie Peters, ODI
Banak Dei Wal, Director General of Disaster Management, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, South Sudan
Hamza Said Hamza, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Somalia
A participant intervenes during the discussion session
A participant engages in discussions with panelists
Africa-Arab Official Statements
Damene Darota, Deputy Commissioner, Ethiopia
Soltan Saad Al-Moraikhi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Qatar
Africa-Arab High-Level Session: Enhancing Coherence Among DRR, Climate Change and SDGs for Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Development in Africa and Arab Regions
L-R: Jill De Villiers, Executive Producer, CNBC Africa; Khangeziwe Mabuza, Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office, eSwatini; Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), UNISDR; Adalah Atteereh, Minister of Environment, Palestine; Sheikh Saleh Habimana, Ambassador of Rwanda to Tunisia; and Nada Al-Agizy, Director, Sustainable Development and International Cooperation, League of Arab States
Khangeziwe Mabuza, Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office, eSwatini
L-R: Jill De Villiers, CNBC Africa, and Khangeziwe Mabuza, Principal Secretary, Prime Minister Office, eSwatini
Mami Mizutori, UNISDR
Nada Al-Agizy, Director, Sustainable Development and International Cooperation, League of Arab States
Sheikh Saleh Habimana, Ambassador of Rwanda to Tunisia
Panelists pose for a photograph
Tunis Declaration Draft Discussions
A view of the room during consideration of the draft Tunis declaration by the Arab States
Habib Ben Moussa, Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, Tunisia and Amjad Abbashar, Chief, UNISDR Regional Office for Africa co-chaired the African drafting committee
Around the Venue

Participants