Peer learning exchange on policy coherence for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation-Malawi

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa

Cross Roads

In 2015, Members of the United Nations adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement for Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which together provide a road map for a more sustainable and resilient world. The implementation of each agenda has led to the creation of a range of institutional arrangements, funding mechanisms and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Therefore, members require mechanisms and guidance at both regional and country level to overcome the siloed approaches and the duplication of efforts in implementing DRR, climate change and sustainable development, and ultimately foster policy coherence for risk-informed development.

The UNDRR Regional Office for Africa (ROA) organized a multi-country workshop with the participation of 12 member states of the Sub-Saharan region, UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders (IFRC, WB, EU). The objective of the workshop was to foster peer learning exchanges on how coherence between CCA-DRR and SDGs can be achieved in the sub-Saharan Africa region, drawing upon risk-information, policy design and monitoring and reporting as entry points. One of the recommendations of the workshop was to organize peer-learning exchanges on policy coherence at the national level.

After the participation of Malawi at the multicounty peer-learning exchange, UNDRR ROA proposes to facilitate a national peer learning exchange in order to explore opportunities for policy coherence, including the contribution the Sendai Monitor to link DRR and CCA. The peer-learning exchange will also contribute to inform the work of the National Technical Committee on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management and propose actions to further integrate disaster risk reduction into the climate change adaptation with a focus on the NAP in Malawi. Finally. The peer learning exchange will propose actions to enhance policy coherence and promote exchanges on the roles and contribution of the different stakeholders (Government, civil society, Academia, UN system) in this process.

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