The third virtual meeting of the Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (AWGDRR), organized jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC) and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), was held from 25-26 March 2021, under the theme “Accelerating progress towards addressing priorities identified by Member States (MS) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to effectively prepare, respond and recover from COVID-19 and other hazards”. The meeting was attended by over 80 and 60 participants on the first and second day respectively. The participants were drawn from Member States (MS), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), African Development Bank, African Risk Capacity, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other United Nations organizations, civil society organizations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Africa Science and Technology Advisory Group (AfSTAG), Africa Youth Advisory Board (AYAB), European Union (DG-INTPA), European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Sweden and Organization of African Caribbean and Pacific States Secretariat (OACPS). The meeting was chaired by the African Union Commission, with UNDRR as the Secretariat.