The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is observed every year on 13 October. The day is observed to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction. This year’s occasion was marked when the world is fighting a global pandemic. The theme of the day was; ‘’International cooperation for developing countries to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses’’.
It highlighted the importance of real action towards climate change in order to avert overwhelming disasters occurring globally. According to the United Nations (UN), without real action on climate in the next ten years, extreme weather events will be overwhelming, especially for developing countries.’
Mwangi Maina and KTN News spoke with Alessandra Casazza, Manager- UNDP Resilience Hub for Africa as well as Rukaya Mohammed, Deputy Country Director of UN Women on the significance of the day, as well as stakeholder’s role in disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.