The UNDRR stated in Bali that COVID-19 has harmed the global community. W.K. Mutale-Nalumango attended the United Nations conference on May 23-28, 2022. Flooding and drought have hit Zambia, Mozambique, and South Africa. This year, Indonesia has experienced around 1,000 earthquakes, the most in Asia. Many tragedies could have been avoided thanks to the country’s advanced technology. But the world has been shocked by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Millions have died, and economic prospects have been ruined as a result of the disease. Millions of orphans and impoverished children have lost breadwinners. The WHO reported 6,309,497 COVID-19 deaths as of May 30, 2022. In Zambia, poor rural information may cause the disease’s toll to be higher than recorded. In Zambia, daily COVID-19 infections have dropped to 1,300, with 63 reported cases. There are no daily deaths. Most countries are returning to normalcy following COVID-19, but hospitals are still overcrowded with pandemic victims, and thousands more will die. No future disaster, the world believes, will be as devastating as COVID-19. 

This has prompted think tanks around the world to investigate catastrophe risk prevention in order to avoid another disaster that results in mass deaths and country lockdowns. The international community recently gathered in Indonesia to discuss the Sendai Framework. The Sendai Framework was the first major post-2015 UN development agreement that provided member countries with concrete actions to protect development from disaster-related risks. The Sendai Framework complements the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Development Financing, and the New Urban Agenda (SDG).

Following the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, the UN General Assembly endorsed this (WCDRR). Delegates at Sendai urged reducing disaster risks, deaths, and livelihoods. Although the accords recognize the role of the state in disaster risk reduction, local governments and private sector actors should share responsibilities. The recently concluded UNDRR in Bali urged all UN members to improve disaster resilience. This is the pivotal multi-stakeholder meeting for Sendai Framework progress (2015-2030). 

This was Asia’s first Global Platform since COVID-19. During COVID-19, governments were able to assess progress and accelerate Sendai Framework implementation. Indonesia was chosen due to its disaster management capabilities. Indonesia is located on the “ring of fire” in the Pacific Ocean. At GP 2022, Indonesian President Joko Widodo emphasized catastrophic risk and long-term growth. “Today, Indonesia gives the world the concept of sustainable resilience,” President Widodo said.

According to UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, humanity is “self-destructing.” “We have three days to consider the best policy solutions to shift from risk to resilience,” Amina Mohammed said at the start of a recent high-level meeting. There were 7,000 delegates and observers from 185 countries in attendance. Vice President Nalumango’s participation pleased Jannet Elseworth, UNDRR’s chief of communications. Ms. Elsworth believes that this demonstrates Zambia’s commitment to the Bali meeting. Mrs. Nalumango’s keynote address at the high-level discussion session on accelerating catastrophe risk financing focused on critical global issues. 

According to Mrs. Nalumango, CRR is underfunded. She told the delegates that disaster preparation can reduce the socioeconomic impact of disasters. The Vice President emphasized the importance of accurate hazard and risk assessments, anticipating potential consequences, and stepping up prevention and mitigation efforts. Zambia has increased funding for disaster-related activities from the national budget due to uncertainty. Disasters result in loss of life, displacement, and damage to property and infrastructure. Mrs. Nalumango met with key players to help direct investments in Zambia’s economy. One meeting was held with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to discuss the expansion of mining and energy.

She informed President Widodo that President Hakainde Hichilema is working hard to improve the economy. The president of Indonesia wishes to increase trade with Zambia. Mizotori and the Vice President met. Ms. Mizotori was warned that Africa and Zambia are not disaster-proof and require international assistance. “Zambia faces natural calamities such as floods and human-to-human conflicts, but the country works hard to mitigate the consequences.” Mrs. Nalumango claimed that high fertiliser prices are to blame for Zambia’s food insecurity. She praised the UN for its efforts to combat COVID-19 in Zambia and elsewhere. Ms. Mizotori assured the Vice President that the UNDRR will assist UN members, including Zambia, in disaster mitigation. 

In addition, the Vice President met with Indonesian Ambassador Dewa Sastrawan. She informed him that the government is shifting its focus from political diplomacy to economic diplomacy. Zambia employs economic diplomacy to assist its people. They want to get Indonesia involved in mining, agriculture, and infrastructure. She pressed the Indonesian envoy to keep his word.

She encouraged Indonesians to try Zambian foods such as cassava. Sastrawan requested the establishment of a Zambian embassy in Indonesia. He claimed that Zambia was home to a large number of Indonesian miners. “The raw commodities of Zambia may boost economic engagement,” he said. Abdullah Shaihid and Amina Mohammed met with Vice President Nalumango. UNDRR stands for United Nations Disaster Relief.

It is in charge of the Sendai Framework and the organization of global platforms. The recently concluded forum discussed how to use the global crisis to achieve Sendai Framework and 2030 Agenda goals.

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