A Multi-Hazard Early Warning/Early Action Conference was convened from 20-22 October 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) and supported by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). The event was attended by representatives from Regional Economic Communities (RECs), African Member States as well as other stakeholders. They came together to appraise, discuss and validate the MHEWS/EA Framework and to provide critical inputs required for the development of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and data sharing policy of the MHEWS/EA Framework and the Continental MHEWS/EA Situation Room.
The need for a multi-hazard approach is one of the key lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one that UNDRR advocates for all to follow as an important building block to save lives and to reduce the percentage of GDP that countries lose to disasters.
Menaced by increasingly ferocious and costly hurricanes, alongside eruptions, earthquakes and floods, Caribbean countries have made huge strides towards developing multi-hazard early warning systems (EWS).
The focus of this year’s IDDRR is “Substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of the present Framework by 2030.”
In 2021, the IDDRR focus is on Target f: “Substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of the present Framework by 2030.
The growing use of mass media and early warning systems through data collected from meteorological and hydrological stations and the rainfall-runoff model is proving effective in saving lives in Nepal.