This declaration of the African Ministers and Heads of Delegations present at the Third African Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction Meeting, 16 May 2014, advocates for the inclusion of additional elements to take into account emerging risks and their prevention through anticipatory risk management for risk-sensitive development, and recognises disaster risk reduction as an effective means to achieve resilience through prevention, mitigation and preparedness to enable nations and communities absorb loss and damage, minimise impacts and bounce forward.
The declaration takes note of the consultations on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, and recalls the global and regional frameworks on disaster risk reduction, particularly the Africa Regional Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction (2004) and Hyogo Declaration and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters and acknowledge the achievements and gaps therein. It further recalls the Declaration of the 2nd African Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Nairobi, Kenya, that adopted the Extended Programme of Action (2006 – 2015), and stresses the need for continuation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action as valid frameworks for disaster risk reduction with the need to reinforce their implementation.
The Third African Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction was held within the framework of the Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction from 13 to 16 May 2014, Abuja, Nigeria.
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