The second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, held from 16 to 19 June in Geneva, Switzerland, attracted approximately 152 governments, 137 organizations, and 1688 participants.
Africa had substantive representation of more than 160 participants with government delegation from 42 countries including high-ranking government leaders such as Ms. Issatou Njie Saidy, Vice President and Head of Disaster Management Programme, Gambia, Mr. Raila Odinga, Kenya's Prime Minister and Ms. Libertina Inaviposa Amathila, the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia.
Based on discussions held in the pre-session meeting of the Africa Group on 15 June 2009, the African Union Commission (AUC) delivered the findings of progress made in the implementation of the Africa Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action. The AUC also presented the recommendations of the second Africa Regional Platform that took place in Nairobi in May 2009. In addition, several African participants among them, delegates from Gambia, Kenya, Namibia, AUC and the Africa Parliamentarian Network made important official statements in different plenary sessions from 16-19 June 2009. African countries that delivered official statements at the Second Session of the Global Platform include:
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