On 28 February 2022, the official handover ceremony for the Africa Multi-hazard Early Warning and Early Action System (AMHEWAS) Situation Room for Disaster Risk Reduction took place. The ceremony was held at the African Union Commission (AUC) headquarters in Addis Ababa Ethiopia with H.E. Marina Sereni, Vice Minister of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Fathallah Sijilmassi Ambassador, Director General of the African Union Commission, and H.E. Hermann Immongault, Ambassador of Gabon to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union.
The AMHEWAS Situation Room established at the AUC is an extension of the ones established at the African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD) and at the Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the context of the continental Programme “strengthening early warning systems and transboundary risk management in Africa”.
The initiative financed through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) for US$ 5.5 million to implement the component of the Africa Road Map that strengthens continental, regional and national capacities to collect, exchange and analyze data relevant to multi-disaster and impact-based early warning systems and cross-border disaster risk management in Africa. The project is coordinated by UNDRR and it is implemented in cooperation with the AUC, IGAD, ACMAD, and Member States at the continental, regional and national level and relies on the technical assistance provided by the CIMA Research Foundation, to benefit all African countries.
H.E. Marina Sereni remarked how “We need to move from managing disasters to managing risks, multi-hazard Early Warning Systems are a central component to that shift.” In this context the Vice Minister recalled that the Government of Italy for the period 2021-2022 has already contributed to the implementation of the Africa Road Map with US$9 Million and confirmed that “Italy is ready to continue to cooperate on these initiatives in Africa” (read more)