The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq has solicited the support of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and other Development Partners on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, in line with the African Union Regional Strategy.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the plea in commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (2021 IDDRR).

While applauding ongoing global efforts toward effective disaster management, the Minister applauded UNGA’s resolve since 1989, to set aside 13th October of every year to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing disaster risks and loss of lives, livelihoods and assets.

“For the past five years, the theme of the celebration has been chosen to reflect appropriately, the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015 – 2030). The year 2021 reflects the 6th target of the Framework which calls for ‘International cooperation for developing countries to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses.’

“I will also like to use this opportunity to call for increased international partnerships and cooperation to reduce disaster risks and losses in Nigeria as well as accelerate efforts to build back better in the most affected areas of the country.