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The thematic report presents the first baseline for displacement risk associated with sudden-onset disasters in the countries of the Greater Horn of Africa with the ultimate aim of reducing future displacement risk. As sudden-onset natural hazards

Participants at the East African Community (EAC) Parliamentarian Forum on disaster risk reduction have pledged to step up the region's efforts to curb hazard impacts (Photo: UNISDR)
Members of parliament from the six-nation East African Community have vowed to step up a drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in their region.
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East African Community Secretariat
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
Mombasa
Drought in Ethiopia has led to successive failed harvests and widespread livestock deaths in some areas (Photo: WFP/Melese Awoke)
Already grappling with an extended dry spell, countries in Greater Horn of Africa are bracing for an even deeper drought, with the approach of the traditional March to May rainy season offering little cause for comfort.
Members of the East Africa Legislative Assembly in session during the debate on the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Bill (Photo: EALA)
East African countries have reached a landmark in their efforts to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, by enacting regional legislation on the management and reduction of disaster risk.
The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030 is set to worsen for many of the world's poorest people
Disaster risk management should be a key component of poverty reduction efforts, focusing on protecting livelihoods as well as saving lives, a major report launched today urges. The post-2015 development goals must include targets on disasters and climate change, recognising the threat they pose to the headline goal of eradicating extreme poverty, the study from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) says. “This report provides a glimpse of what we can expect to happen to the world’s poorest people if we pursue a business as usual approach to helping them prepare for disasters,” said Mr Tom Mitchell, one of the authors of ‘The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030’.
Abdou Sané, Member of Parliament from Senegal and a member of UNISDR's Parliamentarian Advisory Group
UNISDR Parliamentary Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, Abdou Sané, Member of Parliament from Senegal, recently welcomed the African Union's decision to establish an African Risk Capacity Secretariat - a specialized agency of the African Union which will help elaborate a legal agreement on a pooled risk insurance facility for droughts, floods, earthquakes and cyclones.
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World Meteorological Organization
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre
Intergovernmental Authority on Development
Kempinski
The March to May rainfall season in the Greater Horn of Africa is likely to result in "near normal to below normal rainfall" over much of the region, according to a statement today from the 30th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF30).
Over 40 officials from China, Africa and the United Nations are taking part in a three-day “Sino-African High-Level Seminar on Drought Risk Reduction” which is calling for drought risk reduction to be on the agenda of the next year’s Sino-African Summit for Development Cooperation.