By Sani Datti
The Federal Government, United Nation Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR), Africa Union (AU) and Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will host the 5th African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Abuja, at Transcorp Hilton Hotel from 13th – 16th May 2014.
The overall aim of the African Regional Platform is to identify key priorities and commitments for Africa’s position on the post Hyogo framework for Action (HFA) 2015 and develop a future action plan focused on building the resilience of African communities in line with sustainable development goals.
Ministers and government officials across Africa will discuss and adopt a draft declaration based on a compilation of recommendation emerging from the three days of stakeholder deliberation and dialogue.
About 500 – 600 Participants are expected to attend the conference from African Countries, 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,local governments, community leaders, parliamentarians, youth, media and the private sector.
His Excellency, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyims Pius Anyims will declare the forum open while the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency will be a chief host.
It would be recalled that Nigeria was among the 168 countries that adopted a resolution for the implementation of 10-year International Disaster Risk Strategy known as the HYOGO FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION (HFA 2010-2015) at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, in Hyogo, Japan in 2005.