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Zambian Pastor to speak at the Opening Plenary at UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Executive Director of Jubilee Centre, Pastor Lawrence Temfwe will speak alongside Mr. Ban KI Moon the General Secretary of UN, and Mr. John Carter the Pastor L copyMinister for Civil Defence and Emergency Management in New Zealand at the opening plenary of the UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, Switzerland that starts from 10 to 13 May. The Platform has attracted leaders from government, private sector, civil society and the religious groups.

Speaking to reporters earlier in the morning, he said: “I am going to Geneva to give them some encouragement and support, to show that we’re fully behind the governments, private sector and civil society efforts on disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and vulnerability reduction. I am also going there with a strong message from the local church in George Complex in Lusaka and Mapalo in Ndola that they are pleading that we join hands with them in order to make lasting change happen.”

This third session to review the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) will call for ‘increased investment in local action’. Pastor Temfwe stated that the answer to the challenge of effective implementation of HFA lies in the national, local government, businesses, civil society, local based community groups and the local church joining hands and working together to improve people’s lives. Pastor Temfwe who is a board member of Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia has been invited to the conference through the UK based Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction of which Jubilee Centre is a member. Altogether there will be over 2000 participants from all over the world.