The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, took part today, Friday, in his capacity as representative of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in a meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union at the level of heads of state and government, devoted to addressing the issue of “disaster risk management in Africa,” according to a ministry statement.
The statement indicated that the meeting, held via videoconference under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Mr. Filipe Nyusi, recorded a high-level participation of the member states of the Council, along with representatives of the African Union Commission, the United Nations, as well as the European Union.
In his speech on behalf of the President of the Republic, Minister Lamamra stressed that “African countries are among the countries most vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and extreme weather phenomena, the severity of which has been increasing in the recent period,” adding in the same context that “Africa which is not responsible for the emergence and exacerbation of climate change, should be able to make its voice heard during the upcoming United Nations conference on climate change.”
Lamamra also stated that “Algeria has suffered from the devastating effects of these disasters, including earthquakes, floods and forest fires,” expressing “its full solidarity with all African countries affected by these phenomena.”
Meanwhile, the head of the Algerian diplomacy stressed the need to implement a continental approach and a common African solution in order to address the negative effects of natural disasters on the countries and peoples of the continent. Mr. Lamamra’s statement put forth the proposal of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to establish a continental civilian capacity for disaster preparedness and response which aims to ensure effective and timely provision of support to affected African countries.
The statement indicated that the Algerian proposal was welcomed by the member states of the African Peace and Security Council and was included in the final declaration that was adopted at the end of the session.