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Author: Padmini Nayagam

Disaster Law in Sudan: Developing a New Framework to Enhance Disaster Risk Management

The Sudanese Red Crescent (SRC) Society has been advocating for the development of a comprehensive legislative framework for Disaster Risk Management and Disaster Risk Reduction in the country since 2015. With the support of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the SRC has been carrying out a disaster law study to analyse the existing relevant legal and institutional frameworks in country. The draft report was presented at a one-day workshop on the 25th of April in Khartoum.

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Final Steps to the National Disaster Risk Management Policy in South Sudan

The South Sudan Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM), with the support of the South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), as well as other partners, has been able to develop a National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Policy that is hoped to offer the stepping stone in the development of sound legal frameworks on disaster management in the country. Additionally, due to the complexity of the humanitarian situation in the country, the MHADM has sought and received support in this process from various in-country International organisations such as UNDP, the Partners for Resilience and the Canadian and Netherlands Red Cross.

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Launch of Nepal Case Study Effective Law and Policy on Gender Equality and Protection from SGBV in Disasters

The Nepal Red Cross and the IFRC have committed to take action to respond to and prevent Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in times of disasters, as well as advocate for more inclusive disaster management approaches in law, policy and practice. As part of this, they partnered with the Forum for Women and Law Development in Nepal to deepen the analysis and connections between disaster law and policy, gender equality and SGBV in times of disaster.

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International Disaster Response Law: A key pillar of the African Union Humanitarian Policy Framework

In recent years, the African Union (AU) has significantly stepped up its mandate to support its membership in strengthening national laws to better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Within the AU Humanitarian Policy Framework, adopted in January 2016, the need to strengthen procedures for managing international disaster assistance has been identified as one of the key areas to further develop.

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ASEAN Disaster Law Mapping launched in Jakarta

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) officially launched a new report on “ASEAN Disaster Law Mapping – Implementing AADMER: A Regional Stock-take” on 2 May 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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