Second Consultation on the National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy: DRR Capacity Building in Somalia

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Online
Somalia
Somalia
Organizer(s)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States
Event language(s)
English

Workshop Goal:

This second consultation workshop is part of a series of consultation sessions on developing a national disaster risk reduction strategy that is coherent with climate change and sustainable development policies in Somalia as well as relevant regional and international policy frameworks.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Present and discuss Somalia’s current National Disaster Risk Reduction Priorities;
  2. Define and agree on the vision, mission, strategic objectives, and areas of intervention of the National DRR Strategy;
  3. Compile input and agree on the role of the different stakeholders in developing and implementing the DRR strategy.

Background:

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a cross-cutting complex humanitarian and development issue that requires an all-of-society, multi-stakeholder engagement to prevent and reduce disaster risk through the integrated implementation of inclusive economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political and institutional measures.

The Sendai Framework’s primary focus on stronger risk management is one of the key elements that bind together the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.  Implementation of the Sendai Framework, addressing a broad scope of both natural and man-made hazards and related environmental, technological and biological hazards, will substantially lower the level of disaster risk and losses, and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Under the leadership of national governments, embracing all actors at all levels, and all-of-society engagement, the Sendai Framework is a means to protect the lives, livelihoods, and economic, physical, social, cultural, and environmental assets of people, communities, businesses, and countries.

Among its seven global Targets (A) – (G), target (E) calls to Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. This precise target is shared with indicators of SDG 1 that call for an end to poverty, SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities, and SDG 13 on climate action.

A National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy is essential for implementing and monitoring a country’s risk reduction priorities by setting implementation milestones, establishing key roles and responsibilities of government and non-government actors, identifying technical and financial resources, and developing/establishing monitoring, evaluation, and reporting mechanism. Consequently, the “DRR Capacity Building in Somalia” project aims to revise the existing National Disaster Management Policy and support the development of an updated National DRR Strategy in line with the Sendai Framework for DRR, the Arab Strategy for DRR 2030, the Africa Programme of Action and post 2015 global frameworks.

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