Malawi at 2017 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction –DRR

Written by  Mathews Malata Jr., Cancun-Mexico

Malawi will join the rest of the world in discussing matters of disasters in Cancun Mexico from Wednesday.

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More than 5 thousand delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, CEOs and
Disaster experts are expected to gather and discuss ways of preventing or reducing the impact of disasters.

The conference will be held against a background of a global economy losing 520 billion us dollars annually due to disasters.

The Global Platform will focus on accelerating action to prevent disasters and reduce disaster losses while taking stock on how countries are implementing
the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted by UN Member States at the last World Conference in March, 2015, in Sendai, Japan.

“Disasters continue to affect most countries considering that last year alone , 445 million people were affected by disasters linked to natural hazards worldwide including floods, storms, earthquakes and drought,” reads a statement released by the UN office on disaster risk reduction, the UNISDR.

It adds that last year 8,000 people lost their lives and direct economic losses from major disaster events were estimated at US$138.8 billion.

The World Bank estimates that the real cost to the global economy from disasters is US$520 billion per year and that they push 24 million people into poverty annually.

Heads of State and government ministers will discuss how to reduce economic losses and damage to critical infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, roads and
public utilities.

The Global Platform will be inaugurated in the presence of the President of Mexico, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto , Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations; and Mr. Robert Glasser, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary–General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR.

The world started meeting to discuss ways of reducing disasters every two years after 230 thousand people lost life due to tsunami in 2004.

Malawi has a delegation of four people led by Principal Secretary and Commissioner for Disasters in the office of the Vice President Mr Clement Chinthu Phiri.
Cancún is a city in southeastern Mexico on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

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