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Afghanistan embraces Sendai Framework

Afghanistan embraces Sendai Framework

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Jul 02, 2018 - 15:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Consultations are ongoing on creating a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, representing civil societyinfo-icon, before the end of the current year.

Deputy Minister of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs Mohammed Qaseem Haidari, made the announcement in the capital of Mongolia on Monday

Also Afghanistaninfo-icon’s focal point for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Haidari said: “We have three national priorities when it comes to development…”

Speaking in Ulaanbaatar, he said the priorities were Sustainable Development Goals, implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Haidari is part an Afghan delegation attending a UNISDR training session on the newly launched Sendai Framework Monitor.

Haidari said consultations were underway at provincial level and there is an ambition to go down to district level, wherever possible, to have both national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction in place.

Sarat Panda, DRR advisor, said that the effort was gaining momentum in light of a drought which has hit 21 of the country’s 34 provinces affecting one million people. “The situation is not good. We are seeing a lot of migrationinfo-icon from those areas.”

The timely collection of data is a key challenge in Afghanistan, given insecurity in much of the country, but IOM, UNDP, UNISDR, International Mercy Corps and Focus Humanitarian Assistance are trying to improve reporting of disaster losses.

Accurate information on disaster losses is considered essential to good disaster risk management and a risk-informed approach to investments in critical infrastructure.

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