A three-member delegation from Disaster Resilience Network Ghana (DRN-Ghana), an environmental group, this morning presented an official Policy-Change Request Letter to Parliament as part of activities marking this year’s United Nations International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) which falls on October 13.
The Project Co-ordinator of the group Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Frempong, led the delegation which also included Mr. Clankson Kwabena Yeboah, the Mobilization Co-ordinator and the Board Chairperson Ms Queenstar Akua Arthur.
The group aims at championing, strengthening and understanding disaster risk, risk governance and disaster management as well as investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience and enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response as well as rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery.
The Policy presentation on Ghana is in compliance with The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015–2030) which is an international document that was adopted by the United Nations member states between 14 and 18 March 2015 at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan, and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June 2015.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster is the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015), which had been the most encompassing international accord to date on disaster risk reduction.
Presenting the document to Parliament, the Chairperson of the Board Ms Queenstar Akua Arthur noted that there is considerable measurable evidence on the impact of disasters on Ghana’s employment and income generation at all stages.
She explained that to achieve the sustainable and collective success of the Sendai Framework Agenda 2030, the fully integrated, work profiled document, will improve Ghana’s rating in the Sendai-Score Board as well as on the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Chart.
The policy change proposal paper serves as an opportunity for structural and systemic change for adequate reform, advancing transformation for a prosperous safer, inclusive and enabled environment for a sustainable growth, she furthered.
The Deputy Director of Public Affairs Mrs Margaret Ampah received the presentation on behalf of the Speaker Prof. Michael Oquaye. She expressed Parliament’s appreciation to the delegation in face of the relentless efforts for disaster risk reduction awareness and sensitisation drive of DRN-Ghana and promised to convey the message to the Speaker, Leadership and Members of the august House.