Consultations are ongoing between Algeria and the UN for a comprehensive disaster risk reduction programme, with the goal of helping turn the National Delegation for Major Risks into a fully-fledged National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Such platforms are a key part of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the world’s most encompassing agreement on disaster risk reduction, which was adopted in 2005 and is due to be updated at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 14-18 March in Sendai, Japan. The UN-Algeria programme also foresees activities to decentralise disaster risk reduction to wilaya (governorate) and municipal level by setting up provincial and local disaster risk reduction committees. Local activities also aim to implement the essentials of the UNISDR-brokered Making Cities Resilient campaign, involving action to safeguard lives and livelihoods.
Participants in the training session included representatives of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Volunteers Programme (UNV), the UN Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS), the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and the World Health Organization (WHO). The training session took place against the backdrop of the strong commitment by UN Resident Coordinator Cristina Amaral to boosting disaster risk reduction in Algeria. She has been a major advocate for disaster risk reduction at the national, regional and global levels, including through her contribution to meetings such as the 2nd Arab Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, in September 2014.