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  • Youth Engagement on COVID-19 For 'The Africa We Want' Africa Youth Advisory Board for DRR
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters

    Date: 15 Apr 2020

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Youth Engagement on COVID-19 For 'The Africa We Want'

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): Africa Youth Advisory Board for DRR (AYAB DRR)

OTHER ORGANIZER(S): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters (UNESCO)

Type: Training Course Date: 15 Apr 2020 Location: Online event

The 2019 novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) is a communicable respiratory disease caused by a new strain of corona virus. COVID-19 is a public health disaster described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a pandemic and falls into the kind of disasters recognized by Africa's Programme of Action(PoA) to reduce disasters on the Continent. The Programme of Action (PoA) is Africa’s plan to reduce the continent’s risk to disasters.  Thus, stakeholders, including Africa's youth are making efforts to reduce people’s risk to infection, as well as provide support to recover from pandemic. 

The PoA of the African Union Commission (AUC) recognizes youth as valuable and important stakeholders in DRR processes. To demonstrate the AU’s commitment to meaningful youth engagement in DRR, the Africa Youth Advisory Board (AYAB) for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was instituted. This webinar would share AYAB DRR actions and other young African initiatives so far and discuss ways to build on progress achieved. 

In attendance will be special guests from UNESCO; 

  1. Ms Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta – Director and Representative, UNESCO Regional Office in Eastern Africa

  2. Ms Shamila Nair-Bedouelle – Assistant Director General of Natural Sciences, UNESCO Paris 

Also in attendance will be representatives of the Africa Office of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

Discussions would  be centered on presentations made, sharing of relevant information to learn and how to achieve synergy in African youth response to COVID19 for 'The Africa We Want'.

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