Civil Society Actors in the South West region will on October 13 hold a review of Post COP25 and as well celebrate this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction.
The day is set aside by the United Nations General Assembly since 1989 to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction.
The facilitator of the event in the region, Mr Kolawole Amusat, South West Coordinator, Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
Amusat noted that there is no other time than now to look at the disaster risk management architecture in the country in other to assess progress and to call for necessary supports to bridge identified gaps.
He added that part of the mistakes of the past is that regular reviews of disaster risk and climate change activities are not organized by CSOs to provide necessary support for governments but now things have changed.
“CSOs led by relevant networks such as the CSDevNet are bringing their expertise on board on the issue of disaster risk reduction and climate change,’’ he added.
He said the focus of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction is on the Target E of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR 2015-2030) which is to ‘substantially increase the number of countries with National and Local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.
“The essence generally is to ensure countries develop policy, legislative frameworks, and institutional architecture and associated investment vehicles for disaster risk reduction that have greater capacity to manage disaster risk and climate change challenges.
“The Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and SDGs who are leading other actors in the region considers the focus for this year relevant because it is an opportunity for Civil Society Organisations in the country.
“It is to create awareness and amplify voices on the need for governments and other stakeholders to look at issues surrounding governance of disaster risks and climate change at both national and local level so as to take urgent actions that improve policies and strategies that will reduce disaster risks and climate change impacts in vulnerable communities.
Amusat pointed out the intention of the development actors in the region to review Post COP 25 activity is to ensure the outcomes of the COP 25 is adequately implemented especially the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which is the core responsibility of the government.
“In furtherance to this, the review will also afford the region to assess how well the Post COP 25 activities have been implemented in preparation for COP 26.