UN AND AFRICA: New plan needed to face next decade of natural hazards

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Turkana Central, Kenya. Copyright: Andrew Macua and Geoffery Arasa/WFP

• The global community needs a plan on how it will build resilience against natural hazards, according to the director of Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre. The official, who was in Sendai, Japan for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, says Kenya is mostly affected by drought. In 2005, a 10-year plan called the Hyogo Framework for Action was adopted to help protect the world from natural disasters. A new plan is now needed to replace it.

The long way to power for women in Kenya


• Only 22 per cent of all national parliamentarians across the world were female at the beginning of the year. That’s the observation of UN Women, the UN agency which focuses on gender issues. The director of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy in Kenya, who attended this year’s session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, says that women face several obstacles in participating in political life, such as discriminatory laws and cultural barriers. Although there are laws to increase the participation of women in politics, few political parties implement them.

Fighting threatens to worsen Sahel’s chronic emergency

Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania, in the Sahel region of Africa. Photo: WFP/Justin Smith

 • Conflict in Africa’s Sahel region is the biggest threat to saving lives in the region, says the UN Regional Humanitarian Co-ordinator for the region. The official points out that in the last 12 months alone, more than one million people have been displaced by fighting in countries including north-east Nigeria and northern Mali. In addition, chronic structural problems still hamper development in the nine-country region, which is home to 145 million people.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10’00”