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Olumide Idowu

Youth Engagement Officer

Nigeria Youth Climate Coalition Expertise:  Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management & Environmental Sustainability.

Olumide IDOWU is the Team Lead of Climate Wednesday, Youth Director Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition and passionate about Communication, Marketing, Public Relations and Environment particularly in the areas of Strategy, Communication Management, Research, Leadership, Mentoring, Training and Reporting on what he is passionate about. He reports on global issues and development in Nigeria and is also a Social Media Expert. A tech savvy Journalist keen about using the new media as a tool to disseminate information, collaborate and stir up progressive interaction. He has volunteered for a youth-led capacity building and been involved in wonderful youth activities which around the world. Presently he was awarded by UNISDR as Youth Champions on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction in West Africa Region

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QQuestion by Mr Samuel Johnson

Kia Ora Olumide!

As you know, Youth Beyond Disasters is building a global network of young people who lead, advocate and take real action on the risks we face to disasters. What is the most impactful thing young Africans can do in DRR?

Mr Samuel Johnson Chair | Youth Beyond Disasters
New Zealand

APosted on 10 Sep 2014

Thanks you Mr. Samuel Johnson.

With respect to your question, kindly find below what Youths and Young people in Africa can do.

African youth can be part of policy and appropriate legislation, including regulatory frameworks, significant role in addressing disaster risk reduction. It should also be enhanced by including the parliamentary forums at all region, national levels to help strengthened all institutional to enforce legislation.

African youth can also help in integrating, coordinating and approaches to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and related aspects of conflict prevention can reduce the fragmentation of resources and improve the impact of investments.

African youth can as well request for post-2015 DRR framework to provide strategic guidance for the redirection resources from post-disaster recovery towards sustainable development that addresses underlying causes of disasters risk.

African youth can also help disaster risk reduction through sustainable development to address the underlying causes of climate change and disaster risk reduction. They should continue to highlight the disproportionate impacts and insufficient recognition of everyday disasters that communities face.