Commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction in Angola

High school students comment the exhibition of photos in Luanda's Independence Square - Credit: Susete Ferreira/UNDP

October 13th celebrated the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). This date has been designated by the UN Assembly to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction aims to demonstrate the different and varied ways that people and communities are working to reduce disaster risks and raise awareness about the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction. This day also serves to encourage all citizens and governments to actively participate in building societies and nations that are more resilient to disasters.

The theme chosen for this year was "Living with Disabilities and Disasters," intending to draw attention to the importance of integrating the needs of people living with disabilities in decisions and policies for reducing the risks of disasters.

Highlights

  • About 300 high school students took part in a lecture
  • Angola is prepared to meet the various risk situations and natural disasters
  • A small exhibition of photographs on the impact of natural disasters was held in Luanda's Independence Square

In this context, the Government of Angola, through the National Commission for Civil Protection and in partnership with the United Nations System in Angola, through its Team for Disaster Management, held on the October 11th at the School Nzinga Mbandi in Luanda, a lecture to increase awareness of high school students (about 300 students) of the importance of disaster risk reduction. The opening session was chaired by the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Interior for Civil Protection, Eugenio Laborinho, and the event was moderated by the National Commission of the Civil Protection and Fire.

The Secretary of State stated that the country is prepared to meet the various risk situations and natural disasters that may arise during this time.

The conference was attended by LARDEF and ANDA, two organizations that work with disabled people and who also passed along their key message on the topic of the day.

A small exhibition of photographs on the impact of natural disasters, not only in Angola but around the world, was held on the same day in Luanda's Independence Square, also on display was the work done in the preparation and disaster risk reduction. This exhibition was organized by UNDP, UNFPA and IOM and was visited mainly by pupils who attended the lecture. T-shirts and flyers promoting the International Day for Disaster Reduction were distributed, as a way to easily disseminate and continue the message of IDDR.