08-02-2017, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Disaster Risk Management Technical Advisory Committee (DRM TAC) and Representatives of the National Meteorological and Hydro Metrological services of the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) member countries this morning inaugurated a TAC meeting in Addis Ababa in order to launch task management titled Building Resilience to Disasters through Risk Management and Climate Alter Adaptation and discuss disaster risk management issues in the region.
The particular opening ceremony of the TAC meeting was presided over by the Movie director of Early Warning and Response of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission of Ethiopia, Ato Muluneh Woldemariam, with the Director of Agriculture plus Environment Division of IGAD, Mr. Mohamed Moussa, the Cooperation Area Manager of the European Delegation towards the African Union, Mr. Pietro Nardi, and representatives from the World Financial institution Group, and the United Nations Office intended for Disaster Risk Management (UNISDR) at the higher table.
The objective of the particular project is to strengthen the capacity associated with ICPAC in providing policy tips and support to its Member States on disaster and weather risk management and promoting resilient development. The project will strengthen ICPAC technical and coordination capacities just for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Weather Change Adaptation (CCA) in order to be able to better support Member States.
It will also benefit national firms responsible for DRM in each Member States; relevant line ministries, nationwide and sub national government firms; NGOs and CSOs involved in addressing DRR and CCA at the regional, national, and sub national; in addition to vulnerable populations living at-risk over the region.
Ato Woldemariam in his opening remarks highlighted that will “the IGAD DRM Programme with the member states’ DRM institutions” took “great credit for having introduced the paradigm shift from disaster management to risk management”. “It is now time for IGAD DRM Program and member states to line-up their DRM efforts along with the international Sendai Framework for Disaster Decrease 2015-2030 and the African Union’s Brand new Programme for Action for the Implementation from the Africa Regional Strategy for Risk Reduction of November 2016” he stated.
Mr. Mohamed Moussa reminded the audience that the project was “supported by the European Union financing channeled through the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction plus Recovery (GFDRR)”. “The current task aims at building upon past accomplishments and incorporating more explicitly the need for integrating DRM and Climate Alter Adaptation”, he said.
Mr. Pietro Nardi recognized the key role played by the Regional Economic Communities such as IGAD to “advance the Disaster Risk Reduction agenda” as “they have indeed the required political support and have already set up DRR policies and strategies (…)”.
This Project being implemented by ICPAC is component of a larger program which is an effort of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific cycles (ACP) group of States financed by the European Union (EU) and managed from the World Bank/Global Fund for Catastrophe Risk Reduction.