UNDP DRM unit and UNISDR hold an Arab Region Expert Meeting in Riviera on LocalUrban Indicators in the Arab Region

The UNDP Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), organized a two day workshop on Local-Urban Indicators in the Arab Region, for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).

The Sendai Framework 2015-2030 is the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. It was adopted on March 18, 2015 at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan. The Sendai framework recommended establishing expert working groups that include experts nominated by member states, and supported by the UNISDR, for the development of a set of indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of Sendai Framework.

In this context, UNISDR worked with experts, local and national government representatives to develop a set of new local urban indicators, building on the Ten Essentials of the campaign for Making Cities Resilient and aligned with Sendai Framework for DRR.

The workshop was held at the Riviera Hotel Beirut on the 15th and 16th of March 2016, brought together key experts from Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia and Palestine as well as representatives from several municipalities in Lebanon, to discuss and review the Arabic version of the local-urban indicators. Participants also provided feedback to the means of implementation of the Sendai Framework, before the piloting of the indicators that will take place at the end of March in the city of Aqaba, Jordan. Furthermore two municipalities in Lebanon, Saida and in Metn will also pilot the indicators as a starting point for Lebanon.

Mrs. Luna Abu-Swaireh, Head of UNISDR Regional Office for Arab States opened the meeting emphasizing on the importance of developing local indicators for the implementation of Sendai Framework in cities and urban centers in Arab region to enhance accountability and monitoring mechanisms.

She recognized efforts and continuous support by DRM Unit of Lebanon represented by Ms. Nathalie Zaarour for her commitment to strengthening resilience of cities to disasters in Lebanon and across the Arab region.

Speakers at the workshop pointed out the growing challenges that the Arab region is facing in implementing disaster risk reduction strategies, and on the importance of reflecting these challenges in the development of indicators.

Source: National News Agency

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