Today, the 13th of October, is the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). The day is commemorated every year on 13th October as one way of raising awareness on efforts being made to build resilience of communities and nations to disasters.
This year’s IDDR is being commemorated under the theme ‘Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies by 2020.’
In Malawi, the theme has been domesticated to ‘DRR Strategies for Resilience Building,’ sending a message that DRR legislation and strategies should not only focus on managing disasters through preparedness and response, but also set out comprehensive measures for reducing disaster risk.
The focus of the commemoration for the 2020 IDDR is to provide an advocacy platform on the necessity and relevance of disaster risk reduction strategies and risk management mechanisms as a first line of defence against the impacts of disasters.
Cognizant of the Covid-19 pandemic, the main event marking the commemoration will be a panel discussion that will be held on 23rd October, 2020 that will be aired live on MBC Radio1 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, under the theme ‘DRR Strategies for Resilience Building.’
LET US ALL TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN FORMULATING AND IMPLEMENTING DISASTER RISK REDUCTION STRATEGIES!