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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:11

Malawi to commemorate International Day for Disaster Reduction

Written by  Chimwemwe Njoloma

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Lilongwe, September 5, 2017: With an aim of reducing the number of people affected by disasters, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has this year committed to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in Mzuzu.

Each year on October 13, Malawi joins the rest of the World in commemorating the IDDR across the globe to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

DoDMA’s representative in the taskforce committee that is organizing the event, Stern Kita said this year’s event falls under the theme ‘Home Safe Home- Reducing Exposure and displacement’.

He said the theme is the slogan for the IDDR and focuses on the second of the seven targets’ of the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction substantially aimed at reducing the number of people affected by disasters globally .

“This is a global awareness event to recognize progress and encourage further efforts to build disaster resilient communities and nations including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness,” Kita pointed out.

He explained that the day would be commemorated in Mzuzu following the floods and mudslides that hit the city in 2016 leading to displacements and deaths.

“This year’s commemoration would take place in Mzuzu City following the 2016 tragedy that displaced and killed many. The event will therefore directly speak to the theme for this year while also raising awareness on urban vulnerability,” Kita pointed out.

DoDMA is jointly working with other government ministries and departments, the donor community, civil society organisations, academia and the private sector on the commemoration of the day. Kita said the approach has been adopted to help promote best practice at international, regional and national level across all sectors.

According to Kita, the day offers an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges encountered during the implementation of disaster risk management programs and policies in the country.

Vice President of the Republic of Malawi who is also Minister of Disaster Management Affairs, Dr Saulos Chilima will be guest of honour at the event.

The IDDR started in 1989 with the approval by the United Nations General Assembly.

For 25 years, the IDDR has been a major global awareness event to recognise progress and encourage further efforts to build disaster resilient communities and nations. 


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