YMCA Observes IDDR Today

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The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in partnership with Comic Relief and Y Care International will today, October 13, observed the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).

This year’s program will be celebrated under the theme, “Knowledge for Life,” and will consider how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness.

Activities marking the celebration are intended to encourage citizens and governments to participate in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

Programs in observance of the day will be held in two phases, beginning with a streets parade to be followed by engagements with stakeholders through a dialogue led by youth advocates, highlighting key disaster issues of communities and the country at large.

The goal of the IDDR, according to a YMCA release, is to create massive awareness about disaster issues in communities, including challenges and lessons learnt that could be used to influence policy-makers. It is also intended to raise awareness about the use of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge and practices; to complement scientific knowledge in disaster risk management. It will also highlight approaches for engaging local communities and indigenous peoples in implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction agreed to by all UN member states in March 2015.

Staff and volunteers of the Liberia YMCA, project beneficiaries of the Slipway and West Point communities, representatives of Government Ministries and several NGO partners on Disaster and National Youth Organizations, will attend the program.

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