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Stakeholders on the implementation of the Sendai Framework have met with Politicians and top officials from public and private institutions in Accra to deliberate on the documentation and implementation of the framework which is on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
The purpose of the engagement is to involve all relevant stakeholders on how to address the Sendai framework process and put it in use for the benefit of the country.
The Acting Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr. Grace Bediako, said, the rapid rate of urbanization coupled with the effects of climate change has compounded the exposure and vulnerability to disaster across the ecological zone.
“The devastating consequences of disasters only reinforce our urgent need to act swiftly,” she added.
Ghana together with United Nations member States in 2015, adopted the Sendai framework for DRR which aims at reducing disaster, loss of lives, livelihood and health among others by the year 2050.
According to Dr. Bediako, though the state has a primary responsibility to reduce disaster risks, “it must be a shared responsibility with stakeholders together with public and private organizations”.
She affirmed Ghana’s commitment to effectively work towards achieving the Seven global targets of the framework within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), indicating further that the Sendai framework Progress report will be published this year and member States including Ghana are expected to provide an update on the status of the implementation, hence an integrated and resilience policies, plans, programmes and budgets must be established at all levels.
“In line with this, countries, including Ghana, conducting Voluntary National Review (VNR) on implementation of SDGs in 2019 are expected to provide an update on DRR efforts at both national and subnational levels,” she added.
She, advised stakeholders to take the opportunity to collectively take stock of the DRR actions, identify successes and emerging issues, challenges and support required to accelerate the progress towards achieving the DRR targets.
“The outcome of the meeting will form part of Ghana’s National Voluntary Review Report on the SDGs,” she stated.
The Director-General of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh, emphasized how it behooves the country to recommit its effort to reduce disaster to the barest minimum, even if not entirely, as the organization takes a lead role in the implementation process.
He outlined several challenges and critical issues surrounding the DRR that needs strong commitment and involvement of every stakeholder in leadership position to support the implementation process.
“Issues of inter-agency collaboration and coordination, Information sharing and knowledge management among personnel, logistical and financial resource challenges are critical to effective DRR drive in Ghana,” he stated.
The engagement was organized by the NDPC in collaboration with NADMO and the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey