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International disaster meeting set for Abuja

06 May 2014, 20:29

Abuja - Preparations for the fifth African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) are at an advanced stage.

The event, which government will host in collaboration with United Nation Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR), Africa Union (AU) and Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), is scheduled for Abuja from May 13-16.

About 600 participants are expected to attend the conference. They are drawn from African countries, intergovernmental regional organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors, United Nations, academic and technical institutions, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organizations, local governments, community leaders, parliamentarians, youth, media and the private sector.

According to a statement by Sani Datti, Senior Information Officer at NEMA, the overall aim of the African Regional Platform is to identify key priorities and commitments for Africa’s position on the post Hyogo framework for Action (HFA) 2015 and develop a future action plan focused on building the resilience of African communities in line with sustainable development goals.

Nigeria is among the 168 countries that adopted the Hyogo resolution.

Datti said ministers and government officials across Africa will discuss and adopt a draft declaration based on a compilation of recommendation emerging from the three days of stakeholder deliberation and dialogue.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyims Pius Anyims, will officially open the event at the Transcorp Hilton  Hotel.

– CAJ News

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