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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

Fifth Africa Regional Platform for
Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and
3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

13-16 May 2014 | Abuja, Nigeria

AfRP5The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) convened at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria, from 13-16 May 2014 under the theme ‘Prevent Risk: Build Resilience.’ More than 900 representatives of national and local governments, Regional Economic Communities, parliamentarians bilateral and multilateral donors, the United Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, academic, scientific and technical institutions, and other international organizations, community practitioners, persons with disabilities, youth, women’s groups, the private sector and the media, participated in the discussions.

The meeting was held as part of a series of multi-stakeholder consultations leading up to the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) that will take place in Sendai, Japan, from 14-18 March 2015. The main goal of the meeting was to forge an African position on a post-2015 DRR framework focused on building the resilience of African institutions and communities. AfRP14 was convened by the African Union Commission (AUC) and hosted by the Government of Nigeria, with support from the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and other partners.

Following pre-conference events and stakeholder consultations on 12 and 13 May, AfRP14 officially opened on the afternoon of Tuesday, 13 May. Participants met in plenary as well as in seven parallel thematic sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to consider, among other topics: achievements and challenges of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2004) and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA); risk sensitive planning and management and financing; UN Delivering as One for DRR; integrating DRR and climate change adaptation (CCA) for resilience; the role of national platforms for DRR; eco-system based DRR; and leadership and investment for DRR mainstreaming.

The meeting produced three main outcomes:
*A common African position (summary statement) on Africa’s contribution to the post-2015 framework for DRR containing 41 recommendations relating to four key areas: regional risk factors and institutional frameworks; integrating DRR and CCA; investing in DRR; and duration of the Post-2015 Framework for DRR.
*A Ministerial Declaration; and
*Voluntary stakeholder commitments adopted by representatives of all stakeholder groups participating at AfRP14.

During the closing session of the High-Level Segment on Friday, 16 May, Ministers adopted the Summary Statement on Africa’s Contribution to the Post-2015 Framework for DRR, as well as the Ministerial Declaration.

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This event has been covered in collaboration with the AUC, ECOWAS, the Nigerian Government, and UNISDR
AU, ECOWAS, Nigerian Government, UNISDR
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