Following the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 last March 2015, and building on the outcomes and achievements of the Global Campaign on Making Cities Resilient, UNISDR along with UNDP in Tunisia and Mauritania with funding from the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) are launching a project titled “Enhancing community resilience and human security of vulnerable communities in urban settings through the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 ”.
The project aims to help protect urban communities living in vulnerable conditions and to develop capacities of the local institutions to overcome disaster, health, food, environmental and economic insecurities, and thus enhance human security of the vulnerable. In Addition, it will be one of the first projects of its kind to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 through and with integration of the human security concept. As such, the project takes the key aspect of the new framework, adopted in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, that is the recognition, for the first time at international level, of the importance of the involvement, empowerment and focus on communities and community organizations as key for effective disaster resilience and human security.
The project will be implemented by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mauritania. The project objectives are (1) to support the development of resilience and human security capacities at local levels and (2) to strengthen and promote innovative partnerships for resilience-building and human security. The project will utilise the inter-disciplinary human security approach, which is integrated in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, to promote actions at the local level to enhance the resilience and responses of vulnerable urban communities to climate related threats and natural hazards targeting 5 cities in Mauritania.
The beneficiary cities for this project were chosen in consultation with UNDP offices and the government DRR focal points. These cities are Nouakchott, Rosso, Boghe, Kaedi and Tintane.