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Sendai Framework key for local resilience in Africa

Disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa are increasing in frequency, severity and impacts, and the continent’s rapid urban growth means that risk-sensitive development is crucial, according to participants at an international conference.

5 Jan 2016 News briefs

Uganda moves on Sendai Framework

Without addressing the growing levels of disaster and climate risk, the Government of Uganda fears that 43% of the population could regress into poverty.

16 Dec 2015 News briefs

Understanding Risk Forum opens in Addis Ababa

Delegates from over 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa along with development partners, academics and civil society are meeting at the launch of the Understanding Risk and Finance Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
18 Nov 2015 News briefs

Keeping it local to curb risk in Cameroon

Residents of a flood-prone community in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé are deploying local knowledge to curb the risk of disasters and epidemics by tackling the trash that blocks drainage ditches.

13 Oct 2015 News briefs

Local knowledge protects Cameroon harvest

Farmers in northwestern Cameroon are deploying traditional knowledge to boost the survival of their crops, thereby curbing the risk of disasters posed by increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.
23 Sep 2015 News briefs

Uganda gets ready for El Niño

The Government of Uganda is training its military and police officers in disaster preparedness in anticipation of the effects of El Niño-enhanced rains over the mid-September 2015 to January 2016 period.
18 Sep 2015 News briefs

Southern Africa moves on Sendai Framework

MAPUTO, 7 September 2015 – African leaders and experts on disaster risk are moving ahead on detailed planning of implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the new global agreement on reducing disaster losses and a key pillar of the post-2015 Development Agenda.

7 Sep 2015 News briefs

Scaling up insurance for resilience in Africa

Improved access to insurance can boost the resilience of vulnerable communities to recurrent disasters such as droughts and floods in Sub-Saharan Africa.

24 Aug 2015 News briefs

Kenya ramps up support for DRR legislation

The Government of Kenya and its partners are engaging to create an enabling environment for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global plan to curb deaths and economic losses caused by natural and man-made hazards.

20 Aug 2015 News briefs

Cameroon’s cities tackle flood risk

Recovering from floods that killed dozens of people and displaced thousands in June and July, Cameroon is working to rein in risk in its fast-growing urban centres.

7 Aug 2015 News briefs

The challenges of DRR in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is working to build its communities’ capacity to understand and reduce disaster risk, in a country often confronted by floods or droughts, but poverty and unemployment can make action a challenge.

29 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa aims for substantial reductions in disaster losses

Representatives of 37 African governments today agreed to work together to achieve substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years, including reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and human-induced hazards.

23 Jul 2015 Press release

Africa backs disaster risk plan

African governments today vowed to work together curb disaster losses over the next 15 years, with reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage inflicted by natural and human-induced hazards.

23 Jul 2015 News briefs

Tackling poverty and drought in Uganda

A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods.

22 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa sketches Sendai Framework plan

African governments have begun sketching out a continent-wide plan to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global pact that seeks to rein in the impact of natural and man-made hazards.

22 Jul 2015 News briefs

Sendai Framework starts moving

International moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction got underway today, with African countries leading the way.
21 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa launches global Sendai Framework drive

Africa this week launches a global drive to apply the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international roadmap that seeks to make the world safer from natural and man-made hazards.

20 Jul 2015 News briefs

Addis Ababa Action Agenda will have far-reaching consequences

The agreements and commitments that we reach at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development will have far reaching consequences that will be measured in lives saved, losses averted and risks reduced.
16 Jul 2015 Statements & speeches

Major EU boost for disaster risk management In Africa

Details of an €80 million package of support from the European Union to disaster risk management across sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, were unveiled today at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

14 Jul 2015 Press release

Africa disaster reduction fund is major new step

An €80-million package of funds from the European Union to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa was unveiled today at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, winning praise for its potential impact.

14 Jul 2015 News briefs

Africa meets to align with Sendai Framework

Known to many as little Africa, Cameroon is home to many natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, desertification, epidemics, lake eruptions and frequent flooding.
2 Jul 2015 News briefs

East Africa to boost risk governance

Like much of the continent, East Africa is frequently exposed to natural threats such as floods, droughts and landslides, as well as epidemics and man-made hazards, of all which affect livelihoods and development across the region.

26 Jun 2015 News briefs

Development financing must be risk-informed

World leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next month to focus on the issue of global development financing. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) is another key milestone in the post-2015 development agenda aimed at reducing extreme poverty by 2030.
17 Jun 2015 News briefs

Cholera highlights urban risk factors

A cholera outbreak in Kenya that is concentrated in the informal settlements shows how entrenched poverty can combine with poor urban planning to breed disasters.
10 Jun 2015 News briefs

Le Cadre de Sendai et sa pertinence pour les stratégies nationales de réduction des risques de catastrophe

Je suis honorée de m’adresser à vous ici dans cette illustre École Nationale d’Administration qui forme les futurs cadres administratifs de la Nation algérienne. Je suis d’autant plus heureuse de cette opportunité car c’est vous qui serez directement concernés par la gestion des risques et des catastrophes en Algérie et je remercie le Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et le Délégué National aux Risques Majeurs pour l’invitation.
22 May 2015 Statements & speeches

Managing urban risk in Africa

Urban planning is a key element in disaster risk preparedness and community resilience in Africa, say experts.
21 May 2015 News briefs

Experts seek gender-inclusive framework for disaster risk reduction

Experts want gender to feature strongly in the final text of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, due to adopted at the looming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
12 Mar 2015 News briefs

Floods and poverty collide in Malawi

Lashed by torrential rains, Malawi and neighbouring countries are in the grip of a major flood crisis, with scores of lives lost, and over 600,000 displaced in Malawi alone.
28 Jan 2015 News briefs

African youth commit to reduce disaster risks

African youth leaders are taking action to make their communities better informed and prepared to reduce their exposure to the effects of disasters.
15 Jan 2015 News briefs

Fogo volcano forces more evacuations

The President of the Cape Verde National Civil Protection Service, Arlindo Lima, has warned that the situation on the island of Fogo is likely to get worse in the coming days as volcanic activity continues and lava pours out of the Chã das Caldeiras crater where it has already destroyed two villages.
12 Dec 2014 News briefs

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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the World Conference in Sendai, Japan The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the World Conference in Sendai, Japan.