CORRECTION: Expo 2020 Dubai African Union and Partners Take Important Steps Forward in Creating a Sustainable African-Led Strategy for Managing Extreme Climate Risks

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 11, 2021/ — WHAT: AU at Expo Opening Press Conference on DRR

WHERE: Online – Zoom

WHO: ​Dr. Levi Uche Madueke – AU Expo Commissioner General

Mami Mizutori – Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR

H.E Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko – Commissioner, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment, African Union Commission

Moderated by: Wynne Musabayana – Head of Communication Division, Information and Communication Directorate

WHEN: 12 October 2021 @ 17:00pm UAE Time [16:00pm Addis Time, 13:00pm GMT+4]

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The African Union in collaboration with the Expo team, will host its first event at the Expo 2020 Dubai under the theme of Disaster Risk and Reduction (DRR). The DRR event will look to harness some of the continent’s leading minds in the field of climate change, disaster risk and reduction, to further bolster the steps taken in managing extreme climate risks across the African contient.

The event – which will be held on the 12th of October – will showcase Africa’s efforts on disaster risk reduction with focus on linking MHEWS to early action through innovative disaster risk financing.

The event will feature:

(i) ongoing establishment of continental MHEWS situation for natural hazards; (ii) ARC’s Africa RiskView; (iii) need for paradigm: from single-hazard disaster management funds to Multi-hazard disaster risk management funds. The event will:

  • Promote Africa visibility in global stage
  • Share Africa’s best practices to contribute to global efforts in linking MHEWS to early action
  • Generate views and recommendations from among the international audience to enhance efforts of AU member states on linking MHEWS to early action

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For the AU, Expo 2020 Dubai offers an opportunity to further entrench the relationship between Africa and the UAE, by leveraging on the longstanding economic partnerships between the two regions and showcase the continent-wide commitment to sustainable development through the AU Agenda 2063 strategic framework – as well as explore opportunities for potential partnerships required for the African continent’s socio-economic transformation.

Expo 2020 Dubai also provides an opportunity to be a part of the created innovative solutions, following consultations with the 55 AU Member States in how to increase the quality of life and well-being of all African citizens. For instance: access to market through regional integration, world class infrastructure connecting the Continent to enhance accessibility and mobility of persons and goods to facilitate trade, which will ultimately increase economic growth. Africa is open for business, with a myriad of opportunities to invest in building the Africa we want.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Union (AU).

For further information please contact:
Mr. Lunga Kupiso, Public Relations & Media Officer – AUC at Expo 2020 | Information and Communication Directorate | African Union Commission
Tel: +251 115 517 700 | E-mail: | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ms. Faith Adhiambo, Media & Communications Coordinator – AUC at Expo 2020 | Information and Communication Directorate | African Union Commission
Tel: +251 115 517 700 | E-mail: | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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About African Union Commission:
The African Union (AU) is the continental body consisting of 55 Member States that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002, as the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which was formed in 1963 and lead the unification of the continent until 1999.

Post 2002, the AU has since introduced Agenda 2063, Africa’s Strategic Framework for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

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