This draft statement of the 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction outlines regional risk factors and institutional frameworks, calls for the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and investments in disaster risk reduction, recommends the duration of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction and enhancing commitments. Among others, it asserts: The inclusion of disaster risk reduction into municipal and decentralized policies will further enable the reduction of risk; Public participation in policy development will better ensure that particular vulnerabilities of children, youth, women, elderly, and persons with disabilities; Multi-sector and multi-hazard programme investment frameworks, with clear budget will help in translating policies into actionable programmes; Strengthened national and local platforms can enhance risk governance and improve policy, planning and financing; Efforts to engage Heads of States and governments through the African Union provide further means of consolidating political leadership at the highest level for coordination of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. It further recognises gender mainstreaming, the role of youth, media, and local representatives, among others.
The Platform was convened by the African Union Commission and hosted by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with support from Economic Community for West African States Commission and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and other partners.
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