Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction takes centre stage at the Expo 2020 in Dubai


WHAT : AU at Expo Opening Press Conference on Spotlight on Africa Disaster Risk Reduction taking place during the climate change and biodiversity week at the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai.

WHERE: Online – Zoom. Register here

WHEN : 12 October 2021 Time: 15:00pm GMT+2, 17:00pm UAE Time, 16:00pm EAT


Dr. Levi Uche Madueke - AU Expo Commissioner General

Mami Mizutori - Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR

H.E Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko - Commissioner, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment, African Union Commission

Ibrahima Cheikh Diong - UN-Assistant Secretary General and DG of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group.

Moderated by: Wynne Musabayana - Head of Communication Division, Information and Communication Directorate

RSVP : To register for the press conference, visit: The African Union in collaboration with the Expo team, will host its first event at the Expo 2020 Dubai under the theme of Disaster Risk and Reduction (DRR). The DRR event will look to harness some of the continent’s leading minds in the field of climate change, disaster risk and reduction, to further bolster the steps taken in managing extreme climate risks across the African continent.

The spotlight on Africa -DRR event will be held on the 13th of October, will showcase Africa’s efforts on disaster risk reduction with focus on linking MHEWS to early action through innovative disaster risk financing.

The event will feature: · ongoing establishment of continental MHEWS situation for natural hazards;

· ARC’s Africa RiskView; · need for paradigm: from single-hazard disaster management funds to Multi-hazard disaster risk management funds.

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For the AU, Expo 2020 Dubai offers an opportunity to further entrench the relationship between Africa and the UAE, by leveraging on the longstanding economic partnerships between the two regions and showcase the continent-wide commitment to sustainable development through the AU Agenda 2063 strategic framework - as well as explore opportunities for potential partnerships required for the African continent’s socio-economic transformation. Expo 2020 Dubai also provides an opportunity to be a part of the created innovative solutions, following consultations with the 55 AU Member States in how to increase the quality of life and well-being of all African citizens.

For instance: access to market through regional integration, world class infrastructure connecting the Continent to enhance accessibility and mobility of persons and goods to facilitate trade, which will ultimately increase economic growth. Africa is open for business, with a myriad of opportunities to invest in building the Africa we want. 

Keep up-to-date with our social feeds: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - YouTube - Website The public, media and all other interested parties can keep up-to-date with the latest out of Dubai as well as get all the necessary information surrounding the AU led activities/events by visiting the official AU at Expo 2020 website.

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For further information please contact: Ms. Faith Adhiambo | Agenda 2063 Communications Officer | African Union Commission | Email:

Mr. Lunga Kupiso | AU Expo 2020 Media and PR officer | African Union Commission | Email: