This document gives insight into conference proceedings at The Africa-Arab Platform on disaster risk reduction which took place from 9-13 October in Tunis, Tunisia under the theme “towards disaster risk informed and inclusive sustainable development.” The meeting consisted of the 7th session of the Africa Regional Platform and the 6th high-level meeting on disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the 4th Arab conference on DRR. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS) and the African Union Commission (AUC) organized the meeting which was hosted by the government of Tunisia.
The platform provided an opportunity for governments and stakeholders to assess progress and reaffirm commitments towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 in the two regions. Participants were provided an opportunity to foster cooperation across the regions towards disaster risk informed and inclusive sustainable development, while sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices in advancing DRR. The platform yielded increased commitments of countries to enhance attention to risk sensitive investments, increase national and local strategies by 2020 in line with Sendai Framework targets, increase cooperation among countries on water related hazards, and enhance engagement of stakeholders with shared responsibilities to implement regional strategies. The outcomes of the event will inform the Global Platform for DRR in Geneva, Switzerland in 2019.