Webinar: African Science and Technology Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction research contributions to reinforce resilience in the face of COVID-19 and beyond

Af-STAG webinar
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
African Union Commission
Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risk

Language: English with French interpretation

Date and Time:

  • 19 May 2020
  • 15:00 EAT (Nairobi, Addis Ababa) /14:00 CEST, EEST, SAST (Geneva, South Africa, Cairo) /12:00 GMT (Dakar, Accra)






The Sendai Framework recognizes the importance of science and technology, calling to "enhance the scientific and technical work on disaster risk reduction and its mobilization through the coordination of existing networks and scientific research institutions at all levels and all regions with the support of the UNDRR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group.

The African Union in its commitment to the implementation of the Sendai Framework has adopted the Africa Programme of Action (PoA) for the Disaster Risk Reduction. As a key component of the PoA, the AU Commission formed the African Science and Technology Advisory Group (A-STAG) from professionals in the field of DRR.

The purpose of the Af-STAG is to provide scientific and technical support to the African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities and the AU Member States for the implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction agenda in Africa. The Af-STAG supports a generation of assessments of scientific and technical information for effective implementation of Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, and Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.

Periperi U is a platform for university partnerships to reduce disaster risks in Africa. It stands for ‘Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks’ – with a special focus on advancing university action on risk and vulnerability reduction in Africa. Periperi U includes 10 universities in Africa.


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in human history, requiring the scientific community to work as one to support societies during and beyond this global crisis. The pandemic impacts go well beyond the health sector including all the sectors threatening the failure of the entire system which may cause a social collapse as the global economy comes apart, societies may, too. These cascading impacts show the inter-connection of risk, underlining the crucial need for a concerted effort to accelerate disaster risk reduction.

The Af-STAG and Peri Peri U members will showcase their contributions to reinforce the resilience in the face of this pandemic and beyond through research. 


This webinar is meant to contribute to global efforts to build more resilient societal systems that are capable to prevent such crises in the future. This webinar is also to encourage experts for more scientific research on the analysis of lessons learned and use the recovery as an opportunity for stronger and longer-term resilience.





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

 UNDRR and Af-STAG partnership to strengthen the Sendai Framework implementation in Africa  


Technical Coordinator 

DRR Unit, African Union Commission

 Role of Af-STAG in supporting the AUC 

Nico ELEMA, 

Director PeriPeri U

Stellenbosh University International

South Africa

 PeriPeri U contribution to DRR in Africa

Djillali BENOUAR, University of Science & Technology Houari Boumediene, Algeria

Reflections for COVID-19 as an agent of change towards the “new normal”


Holimalala RANDRIAMANAMPISOA, Université d’Antananarivo, Madagascar

Social Protection, DRR and Covid-19


Rakiya BABAMAAJI, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria

Accessibility to primary health center facilities using geospatial techniques in Southern Plateau, Jos, Nigeria


Victor KONDE, 

Scientific Affairs Officer

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Need for science to inform policy  in COVID-19

Disclaimer:  For the purpose of this event, UNDRR procures the services of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., an external service provider. Registration for this webinar is supported by the Zoom registration mechanism and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities.

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