Ghana, joined the world to commemorate the 2021 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on the theme, ‘Only Together …We can Save the Planet.’

The virtual celebration was organized by the National Disaster Management Organisation. The Deputy Minister for the Interior, Hon. Naana Eyiah who graced the occasion called for international cooperation to deal with universal emergencies.

She said the issue of disaster risk governance, identifying and acknowledging, planning and acting on disaster risk has come into sharp focus in recent years and affirm the need to merge science and evidence-based warnings to prepare well for global threats such as new pandemics, global warming and the spread of land erosion.

In her welcome address, the Chief Director for the Ministry of the Interior, Mrs. Adelaide Anno-Kumi, called for critically and constantly mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in policies and programmes at all levels of governance to build resilience and safeguard.

The celebration provided a platform to highlight best practices and examples of international cooperation that have had positive impacts on the lives of people who live in disaster-prone parts of the world.

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction started in 1989 after a call by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for a day to be set aside to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction. In 2009, the UNGA officially designated 13th October as the date to commemorate the Day.

The Day showcases how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.