International Day for Disaster Reduction

Oct 13, 2016

Opening Speech for the Country Director

on the Occasion of the

International Day for Disaster Reduction

11:00 hour, 13 October 2016, Police Club - Khartoum



Excellency Mr. Ismat Abdel Rahman, Minister of Interior

Lieutenant Colonel Hashim Hussein, Secretary General, National Council for Civil Defence

Honorable guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,


  • It gives me great pleasure to welcome you for this “International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction and launching ceremony of  Loss and Damage Database System and Standard Operational Procedure for Disaster Risk Reduction for Sudan”, while the time is moving fast towards a very important global gatherings – the 22nd Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakesh in November 2016, which seeks to adopt mechanisms for implementing the global agreements to address climate change and natural disasters.


  • The Day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of remaining in the risks that they face. The 2016 edition marks the launch of the new "Sendai Seven" campaigns, centered on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. The 2016 edition will centre on the first of the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: Reducing Disaster Mortality.

Honorable guests, Ladies and gentlemen


  • The global annual average losses and damage from earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding amount to hundreds of billions of dollars. At the same time, Sudan faces severe disaster risks from droughts, flooding and epidemics. Droughts and flooding have devastated the lives and livelihoods of Sudanese communities in the past decades.


  • Based on this fact, UNDP gives special attention to Disaster Risk Reduction and provides technical and financial support with the aim to enhance the capacities of concerned institutions in disaster risk management and reduction. Together with the UNISDR, Arab League and Swiss Development Agency “a disaster risk reduction strategy has been developed for Khartoum State” under the resilience cities initiative.


  • In collaboration with the National Council for Civil Defence, a national Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy for Sudan is developed under the Disaster Risk Reduction project. The document is prepared by Ribat University with the technical support from the UNDP Regional center for Arab States in Amman, Jordan and the UNDP Regional center in Bangkok. The strategy is expected to be endorsed by the government next month.


  • Under the same project, “a Loss and Damage Database system and a Standard Operations Procedure” for Early Warning System have been developed. A risk assessment for flood at Gash river in Kassala State has been conducted by the remote sensing department, Khartoum University. All these documents and strategy are guiding principle for disaster risk reduction for country of Sudan and we are very pleased to say that now everybody can access the trend of Loss and Damage Database in the National Council for Civil Defense website.


Honorable guests, Ladies and gentlemen


  • Disaster Risk Reduction is every body’s business: Government, civil societies, international communities, financial institutions and the private sector.Everybody has a role to play in minimizing the disaster risks and are urged to step up the implementation of the agreed upon national and International strategy and frameworks.


  • The Day encourages every individual, community and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.


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