Framework for Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Early Action System for Africa

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Framework for Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Early Action System for Africa

June 1, 2023

Climate-related threats are on the rise, with Africa finding itself in the direct path of these intensifying hazards. From 2015 to 2018, Africa was impacted by more than 700 disaster events, affecting a staggering 80 million individuals and resulting in over 66,000 lives lost. These predominantly hydro-meteorological and climatological disasters underscore the urgent need for effective early warning systems (EWS). To address this, the African Union Commission (AUC) has developed an innovative response: the Africa Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Early Action System (AMHEWAS) Programme.  Endorsed by 55 AU heads of states in 2022, AMHEWAS represents a significant step towards achieving the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The programme's primary objective is to drastically increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning and disaster risk information. This will play a crucial role in strengthening development, reducing poverty, and promoting resilience as outlined in AUC's Agenda 2063.  The creation and success of this groundbreaking framework have been made possible through the combined efforts of the AUC, the financial contributions from the Governments of Italy and Sweden, and the technical assistance provided by UNDP and UNDRR, facilitated through the CIMA Research Foundation. The overarching goal is to Build Back Better and secure the Africa We Want together.