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1 The Local Government Self- Assessment Tool Taking stock, celebrating achievements and planning for DRR in Addis Ababa

2 Background Throughout history, disaster events have disrupted urban life. With more than half of the world s population now living in urban areas, making our cities safer is a long-term challenge. Moreover, it is estimated that a great part of the world s GDP is generated in cities, increasing the losses incurred as a result of disaster events in the urban areas. The good news is that we can meet this challenge!

3 UNISDR website WHY disaster risk reduction should be among the top priorities of local government authorities WHAT are the strategies and actions, or 'essential' areas should you focus on HOW you can translate this information into action plans, thereby making your community, municipality or city more resilient to disasters.

4 HFA The Hyogo Framework for Action has been the framework guiding disaster risk activities on a global scale at the national levels. This is evaluated through biennial reporting. The current cycle began on 1 January The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction(UNISDR) is the custodian of the HFA process.

5 MCR The Making Cities Resilient campaign was launched in 2010 by UNISDR. Addis Ababa signed up in The campaign addresses issues of local governance and urban risk while drawing upon previous UNISDR Campaigns on safer schools and hospitals, as well as on the sustainable urbanization principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign It received the support and recommendation by many partners and participants, and a Mayor's statement made during the 2011 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the "Making Cities Resilient" campaign will run until 2015.

6 The HFA, MCR and LGSAT To bridge the information gap and leverage on both the HFA and MCR processes, UNISDR developed the Local Governments Self- Assessment Tool(LGSAT). This is an online tool that is accessible to the representative of the local government/delegated officer. The LGSAT creates harmony between the five priorities of the HFA and the ten essentials of the MCR campaign.

7 Overview of the LGSAT The Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LGSAT) provides key questions and measurements against the Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient and builds upon the priorities and national indicators of the Hyogo Framework for Action. Using the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool helps cities and local actors(multi-sectoral) to set baselines, identify gaps and have comparable data across local governments, within the country and globally, to measure advancements over time.

8 Objectives Help local governments engage with different stakeholders to map and understand existing gaps and challenges in disaster risk reduction in their city or locality. Set a baseline and develop status reports for cities and municipalities that have committed to the Making Cities Resilient Campaign and its Ten Essentials. Complement information gathered through the national Hyogo Framework for Action monitoring system (HFA Monitor) by providing local-level information. Cities can choose to share their results with national HFA focal points as part of the national reporting process.

9 The process

10 Participation National governments, local government associations, international, regional and civil society organizations, donors, the private sector, academia and professional associations, as well as the communities, need to be engaged in reducing their risk to disasters. All these stakeholders need to be on board, take on their role and contribute to building disaster resilient cities.

11 Let s get working! Level of progress Description of level of progress for overall ranking 5 Comprehensive achievement has been attained, with the commitment and capacities to sustain efforts at all levels. 4 Substantial achievement has been attained, but with some recognized deficiencies in commitment, financial resources or operational capacities. 3 There is some institutional commitment and capacities to achieving DRR but progress is not comprehensive or substantial. 2 Achievements have been made but are incomplete, and while improvements are planned, the commitment and capacities are limited. 1 Achievements are minor and there are few signs of planning or forward action to improve the situation.

12 Essential 1: Put in place organization and coordination to understand and reduce disaster risk, based on participation of citizen groups and civil society. Build local alliances. Ensure that all departments understand their role to disaster risk reduction and preparedness

13 Essential 2: Assign a budget for disaster risk reduction and provide incentives for homeowners, low-income families, communities, businesses and public sector to invest in reducing the risks they face.

14 Essential 3: Maintain up-to-date data on hazards and vulnerabilities, prepare risk assessments and use these as the basis for urban development plans and decisions. Ensure that this information and the plans for your city's resilience are readily available to the public and fully discussed with them.

15 Essential 4: Invest in and maintain critical infrastructure that reduces risk, such as flood drainage, adjusted where needed to cope with climate change.

16 Essential 5: Assess the safety of all schools and health facilities and upgrade these as necessary.

17 Essential 6: Apply and enforce realistic, risk compliant building regulations and land use planning principles. Identify safe land for lowincome citizens and develop upgrading of informal settlements, wherever feasible.

18 Essential 7: Ensure education programmes and training on disaster risk reduction are in place in schools and local communities.

19 Essential 8: Protect ecosystems and natural buffers to mitigate floods, storm surges and other hazards to which your city may be vulnerable. Adapt to climate change by building on good risk reduction practices.

20 Essential 9: Install early warning systems and emergency management capacities in your city and hold regular public preparedness drills.

21 Essential 10: After any disaster, ensure that the needs of the survivors are placed at the center of reconstruction with support for them and their community organizations to design and help implement responses, including rebuilding homes and livelihoods

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