BEIRUT, 18 December 2018 - Resilient sustainable development is only
possible through an all-of-society approach. This was the sentiment
that echoed through the Second Arab Partnership Meeting for Disaster
Risk Reduction held in Lebanon.
The two-day meeting brought together more than 35 stakeholders and
partners from across the Arab region representing children and youth,
elderly, local communities, academia, science and technology practitioners,
international and regional organizations, and the United Nations.
“It really is encouraging to see how the commitment of stakeholders
is turning them into true agents of change towards implementing disaster
risk reduction across the Arab region,” said Sujit Mohanty, Chief of
UNISDR Regional Office for Arab States as he welcomed participants.
UNISDR provides a platform to enhance cooperation and collaboration
between national governments, developing partnerships and enhancing
coherence in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster
Risk Reduction 2030, the global plan for reducing disaster risk.
Currently, there are five self-organized stakeholder groups in the
Arab region focusing on disaster risk reduction: the Arab Science
and Technology Advisory Group; the Arab DRR Children & Youth Group;
the Arab DRR Civil Society Group; the Arab Gender Equality and Women
Empowerment Group; and the Arab Red Cross and Red Crescent National
All these groups have delivered their voluntary action statements
in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the
Arab Strategy for DRR 2030.
“It is extremely true that alone we could do so little, but together
we could do so much,” said Ghada Ahamdein who is representing the
Arab Civil Society Stakeholder Group.
“Effective partnerships are the core of success for civil society
organizations as they play a major role in the implementation of the
Sendai Framework,” Ms Ahamdein added.
The group has already started putting together a concrete work plan
that will kick start the implementation of the voluntary action
statement, enriched with contributions from civil organizations
representatives from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria,
Mauritania, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
Other stakeholder groups have also stepped up their work plans
including the most recent active group representing children and youth
who are calling for stronger engagement in the policy and the
implementation of the Sendai Framework.
“We make up a huge portion of the society and we are giving it 100%,
disaster risk reduction practitioners and policy makers should utilize
our capacities and empower us,” concluded Marwa Menshawy who represents
the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth in the Arab region.
The 2nd Arab Partnership Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction was
organized by UNISDR and brought together representatives from FAO, UNESCWA,
ITU, Helpage, AUDI, UNMGCY, WHO, IFRC, Arab Water Council, in addition
to members of the stakeholder groups.
• United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office
for Arab States (UNISDR ROAS), https://www.unisdr.org/archive/62699
Provided by the IKCEST Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service System