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(IGAD – Khartoum)  The Ministers of the IGAD Member States responsible for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) convened a meeting in Khartoum, Sudan to consider the establishment of an IGAD Disaster Response Fund and to launch an IGAD Hazard Maps and Atlas.

The IGAD Secretariat in close consultation and active participation from the DRM institutions and relevant sectors of Member States with the financial support of the EU through the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has been undertaking rigorous feasibility studies for the establishment of a regional disaster response fund and the development of Hazard Maps and Atlas.

The Fund will be available to any Member States affected by disasters and vulnerable people beyond the Member States resources and capacity to manage.

The Ministerial meeting will officially launch the developed Hazard Maps and Atlas for use by relevant sectors of the member states in planning development programmes aimed at addressing the root causes of disasters emanating from the various hazards prevailing in the IGAD region.

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