COVID -19 and climate change marred humanitarian operations
By John Agok
The Undersecretary in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Mismanagement Gatwech Peter Kulang, deplored the slow response of National Platform on Disaster and Risks Reduction (NPDRR) on the pandemic and climate challenges
The purpose of the meeting was to streamline together 2021 key activities, programs and project areas between MHADM and partners since covid-19 and climate crisis have hindered the appropriate response to disasters and risks’ management across the country.
In his opening remarks yesterday during the first consultation meeting of NPDRR 2021 in Juba, Kulang applauded efforts by the partners and relevant institutions of the government despite myriad challenges facing them.
“I acknowledged the endeavors of our partners – UN agencies, INGOs, NNGOs and our government relevant institutions under NPDRR for facing hitches together last year,” he said.
Gatwech assured government’s commitment despite challenges of the pandemic and climate change challenges.
“Despite all challenges of the pandemic whereby oil countries including South Sudan were badly affected due to the drop in oil prices, our ministry is still committed to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we have now set up the taskforce to run planned programs in the near future,
“We will continue with follow up meetings in March, May and June to strengthen the coordination and advocacy among partners under the (NPDRR),” he underscored.
Meanwhile, the IOM representative Dr. Naveed Anjum, urged the government to mobilize resources in terms of finances and build the capacity of institutions to appropriately respond under the responsibilities of (NPDRR).
Dr. Naveed also called for institutions’ integration which is vital.
“It is important for partners and other institutions to link up and prioritize the immediate needs of places that yarn for humanitarian assistance.
The government needs to support students doing diploma courses on Disaster Management for them to effectively research risks and provide solutions for national platform to respond appropriately,” he added.
This meeting was organized by Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM) in collaboration with International organization for Migration (IOM).
The consultative meeting was attended by UN Agencies, National and International (NGOs), academia from University of Juba and relevant government ministries.
According to UNOCHA report, millions of people were displaced due to floods and conflict in South Sudan. 1.5 million Children were malnourished as a result of conflict and other natural disasters.