Over 250 participants from 45 African countries and partners gathered in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, 13-15 February 2013 for the 4th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Stakeholders from governments, intergovernmental regional organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors, United Nations, academic and technical institutions, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Government Organizations were joined by mayors and local governments, community leaders, parliamentarians, youth, media and the private sector – all sharing a common commitment to build the resilience of African communities and nations to disaster risk and adapt to a changing climate.
The 4th Africa Regional Platform was held back to back with the 5th Drought Adaption Forum (ADAF5): Reducing Drought Risk in Africa: Measuring Impact Strategizing for the Future, which focused on methodologies and indicators to measure resilience at the community level.
The Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is facilitated by UNISDR, functions as the primary regional mechanism to support the implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies and programmes at regional, sub-regional and national levels, to monitor their progress and to facilitate coordination and information-sharing between governments, sub-regional organizations and UN agencies.
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