Participants from the Media Orientation event, organized by UNISDR, pose for a group photo
Preparations for the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) continued on Wednesday, 10 October, in Tunis, Tunisia. IISD/RS covered a selection of pre-conference events, on: making cities sustainable and resilient; a regional assessment report for DRR for the Arab States; a regional orientation and consultation for Africa and Arab States on a strategic approach to capacity development for the implementation of the Sendai Framework; an intergenerational dialogue on underlying disaster risk drivers; and multi-sectoral governance in the implementation of the Sendai Framework at the local level.
The event on making cities sustainable and resilient discussed: linking national DRR strategies to city implementation; using the UNISDR Disaster Resilience Scorecard across the Arab region; and increasing investments in community engagement and communication.
Efforts to develop a regional assessment report for DRR for the Arab Region were supported by participants in an event organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in the morning, who expressed that such a report would help to fill a void for DRR policy makers in the region, where relevant information for decision-making is still lacking.
A global project on a strategic approach to capacity development for risk-informed sustainable development by 2030 was discussed in the afternoon. The project described the four building blocks for effective capacity development as being: demand-driven and needs based; government owned and led; coherent within and between all levels of government; and practicable, replicable and localized.
An intergenerational dialogue on underlying disaster risk drivers in the afternoon highlighted the importance of involving youth in every stage of disaster risk management, and the complex links between migration and disaster risk.
The session on multi-sectoral governance in the implementation of the Sendai Framework at the local level discussed examples from projects in Africa, while identifying challenges and opportunities in promoting DRR efforts at the local level.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily coverage and a summary report from the Africa-Arab Platform on DRR.
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