Preparations for the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) started on Tuesday, 9 October, at the Lacio Hotel, Tunis, Tunisia, with a series of pre-conference events. IISD/RS covered a selection of these events, on: innovative solutions for dynamic disaster risk financing and resilience; coastal resilience and spatial planning; DRR and violent conflict; conflict and resilience; and linking DRR, climate change, and development in the Horn of Africa.
The event on innovative solutions for dynamic disaster risk financing and resilience focused on African Risk Capacity, an initiative to pool risk and resources and provide immediate funding to African governments to respond to natural disasters.
Experiences from African and Arab countries were shared in the session on spatial planning and coastal resilience, where questions were raised on inter alia: aligning global and national strategies; and leveraging political will to implement strategies. Participants reflected on whether DRR is a neglected area of work in a session on DRR and violent conflict, highlighting the need for DRR preparedness to focus on peace building. Conflict and resilience were discussed again in an afternoon session, where comparisons were made on how “resilience” appears across global frameworks, in addition to highlighting the need for: coordination among the climate change, disaster risk and biodiversity agendas; raising the profile of community-based resilience approaches; and opportunities to address displaced communities.
A session on linking DRR, climate change, and development discussed opportunities, challenges, and gaps in policy frameworks at the regional, national, and local levels in countries in the Horn of Africa.
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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