The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in partnership with various disaster risk management (DRM) stakeholders, would like to inform the general public that the 2022 International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) will be commemorated on Thursday, 13th October, 2022 at Gosheni Primary School Ground, Traditional Authority Kachindamoto in Dedza District, from 08:00 A.M.
The international theme for this year’s IDDR is “Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030,” with the summarised theme focusing on “Early warning and early action for all,” in recognition of the role the government and DRM stakeholders play in the implementation and sustainability of multi-hazard early warning systems (MHEWS).
The commemoration will focus on reducing the number of people affected by disasters, to ensure that early warnings are received, well understood and acted upon by the intended audience with the goal of continuing to advocate for the implementation and improvement of MHEWS; nationwide.
This year’s commemorations will be preceded by a panel discussion which will focus on efforts and strides being made to enhance early warning and early action amongst the most vulnerable communities and the nation as a whole. The panel discussion will be held from 6.30 PM to 8:30 PM, on Tuesday, 11th October, 2022 at the Crossroads Hotel, Lilongwe; and will be aired live on MBC Radio 2 and Zodiak Radio.
Some of the activities marking the commemoration of the 2022 IDDR will include delivery of speeches, poem recitals, comedy and a solidarity walk which will start from Thukuliza Village near Gosheni Market; to the venue.
DoDMA is, therefore; inviting Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Civil Society Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, UN Agencies, Donor Community, Private Sector, Academia, communities, the Media and the general public to the commemoration.
DISATER RISK REDUCTION IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY!!!
Issued in Lilongwe on the 7th Day of October, 2022
COMMISSIONER FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT AFFAIRS