Government adopts disaster reduction framework
Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs
By Jale Richard
The government has on Tuesday adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
The framework was adopted and launched by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management under the theme “building innovative and collective solutions for disaster resilience and sustainable development in South Sudan.”
Speaking at the launch, Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs Aggrey Tisa Sabunicalled of actions to reduce disasters.
“Disasters are not punishments from God that we just have to accept and do nothing about it. The message is that we have to do something about it,” Tisa said.
He said the government should prepare for unexpected disasters so that when any strikes, it can be containable.
“South Sudan is no stranger to disasters like droughts, floods, diseases and others. As a sovereign country, South Sudan needs to prepare to the best of its ability to handle disasters,” he said.
He said South Sudan should come up with immediate policy framework to avert disasters in the country in the form of early warning, detection and preparation.
For his part, Hussein Mar Nyuot, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs said human suffering and economic losses due to disasters are becoming increasingly a concern for countries to promptly and not later.
Mar said the Sendai framework require countries to take actions to reduce impact of disasters by integrating the disaster risk agenda into national policies and programs to alleviate poverty and ensure achievement of the sustainable development goals.
Marsaid his ministry has developed a national disaster risk management policy, established a national disaster risk management working group to guide and review disaster risk management policy and act as disaster risk management platform.
He added that the Ministry has partnered with UNDP through food security emergency flood response and recovery project of 2015-2016 to enhance community resilience to food insecurity and floods impact on the internally displaced persons (IDPS).
He said that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management is in partnership with the world food program through the project application of early warning system in the country.
Shigeru Hamano, Japanese Deputy Ambassador to South Sudan said disaster preparedness is more cost effective than preventing future losses.
Hamano advised the government to identify indigenous knowledge of disaster management that could be more effective than scientific methods.
“In my view, people in Africa and Japan can agree that nature is something not to be subjugated by human beings. Maybe there is the same sort of knowledge in the community life that can be used to make local people more resilience to natural disasters,” Hamano said.
Eugene Owusu Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative to South Sudan said natural disaster strike without warnings that can be more expensive to rebuild the community.
“Building back after disasters strikes is expensive, difficult and it takes years sometimes decades,” he said.