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16 Nov 2011 description

This issue addresses disaster risk by highlighting the action undertaken by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and its partners to reduce the impacts of natural hazards in Africa.

Its content includes:

  • Africa agrees on a common position for Durban

  • International Day for Disaster Reduction 2011

  • Southern Africa launches DRR platform

  • SARCOF-15: Bridging gaps between climatologists and DRR experts

  • East African Community seeks common strategy to address DRR

20 Oct 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

  1. In Africa, ongoing and new emergencies caused large-scale displacement in 2010 and 2011. In southern and central Somalia, in addition to drought and emerging famine, fighting led to mass movements within the country and across borders, straining services and facilities in already overcrowded camps in Ethiopia,
    Djibouti and Kenya. In Côte d’Ivoire, in December 2010, more than 150,000 refugees crossed the border into neighbouring countries, as a result of political instability.