Pledge to reduce disaster risks in communities
IDDR event On 13 October, Working on Fire joined stakeholders throughout the country to mark International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).
On this important day, stakeholders commit themselves to work together and significantly reduce disaster risks in communities.
This day was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989 to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction.
Working on Fire participated in one of these events in Durban where those present also pledged to reduce the number of people exposed to, or displaced by, disasters.
A representative at the Durban event of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Julius Kabubi said, “This year the aim is to start reducing the number of people affected by disasters.”
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, acknowledged the commitments by the Cities of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg to adopt the United Nations 10 Essentials, which are part of their pledged statements.