The UNDRR Regional Office for Africa covers 44 countries South of the Sahara. Working closely with the Africa Union Commission and partners, the office supports the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at the regional, national, and local levels. The provision of technical advice and the building of strategic partnerships has been instrumental in raising DRR awareness, building capacities and promoting coherent efforts aligned with other international frameworks, including the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Urbanization is often synonymous to development, especially in the African region. The search for opportunities and better quality of life continues to draw more and more people into urban areas, most of which grow into unplanned cities. Our experience reveals existing gaps in the capacities of local governments and stakeholders to reduce disaster risk adequately. Constantly facing the threats of flooding, epidemics and other hazards, African local governments require strengthened awareness campaigns, capacity building and resources to be able to plan and execute timely effective efforts to reduce losses in lives and livelihoods due to disasters. There is a need to enhance horizontal and vertical linkages among national and local authorities as well as communities, and to ensure that disaster risk reduction is handled as a cross-cutting issue. We also promote stakeholder engagement in the planning and implementation of resilience strategies that will ensure no one is left behind.
We look forward to working with our partners during the Decade of Action to contribute to building resilient cities by addressing the three dimensions of disaster risk: exposure to hazards; vulnerability and capacity; and hazard’s characteristics. In collaboration with the Regional Coordination Committee, we aim to empower local governments to prevent the creation of new risk, reduce existing risk and increase resilience on the continent.
Disaster risk management is everyone’s business. We must ensure inclusivity as we build community resilience across the five dimensions of social, physical, natural, economical and institutional capacities. As the president of the Malawi Local Government Association I will strongly advocate to my colleagues to engage in resilience efforts.
We must act now rather than later, for resilience. I will take the lessons learnt at this meeting to my fellow mayors back home. I appeal to our partners UNDRR and ICLEI to extend their support to us as we pursue resilience building efforts in our cities.
The time has come to work in partnership with UNDRR to make our cities resilient. We, Mayors of the Platform of Local Authorities from Countries of the Great Lakes Region - Africa, have decided to put our efforts together, to join our cities in the MCR Campaign to not only make our cities more resilient, but also improve the living conditions of our populations, our ultimate goal.
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MCR Campaign participants from 2010 to 2020 worked tirelessly to reduce disaster risk in their cities, sharing knowledge. Thousands of participating cities and supporters collaborated over a series of planning sessions, conferences, meetings, and seminars to better protect their villages, towns, and cities.
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As of September 2016, the Campaign works with over 3,400 cities globally, ranging from major cities such as Mumbai and Cape Town to small towns in Austria, Chile, Pakistan and beyond.