- 22 November, 2016:
Mauritius is hosting the 6th Africa Regional Platform and the 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction from 22-25 November 2016 at the Intercontinental Resort in Balaclava.
The opening ceremony will be held this afternoon in the presence of the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, and Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Alain Wong. The platform is hosted by the Government in collaboration with the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
One of the main objectives of the Regional Platform is to include the African Programme of Action to implement the Sendai Framework in Africa, the Mauritius Declaration on implementation of the Africa Programme of Action and a Draft Africa position for the Global Platform 2017. Some 400 representatives from 40 African countries including 300 government representatives are attending the three-day Regional Platform.
The four key areas of the Sendai Framework which is the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, consist of understanding disaster risk, strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk, investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience and enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Furthermore, seven global targets have been agreed to achieve the outcome of the present Framework. The seven global targets include reducing the number of affected people globally by 2030, reducing direct disaster economic loss in relation to global gross domestic product by 2030; and reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.
It is recalled that the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. It is the outcome of stakeholders consultations initiated in March 2012 and inter-governmental negotiations from July 2014 to March 2015, supported by the UNISDR at the request of the UN General Assembly.