If you remember my last blog was about Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) being everyone’s responsibility, this is also true for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030. Recently two of DRDM staff along with various Government and Private Stakeholders attended a two-day national dialogue aimed at integrating the SDGs into national plans and budget in Seychelles.
Figure 1: The 17 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030
Sustainable Development and DRR are closely interlinked. Disasters have a devastating impact on development. Families lose homes, livelihoods and loved ones, communities lose businesses, jobs and services, children and particularly girls miss school and are at risk of early marriage the list of impacts goes on. It therefore undermines the Goal 1 which explains ending poverty in all its forms everywhere. Furthermore disasters jeopardize agricultural production and development and often have cascading negative effects across national economies. Natural hazards regularly impact heavily on agriculture and hamper the eradication of hunger and achievement of food security. Similarly this underpins the goal No 2 which focuses on zero hunger. Also disasters may result in the damage or destruction of learning facilities and materials, the closure of schools and the prolonged disruption of education, increased barriers to education, limited access to schooling, and decreased education quality and thus undermines the goal No 4 which talks about ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. And the list goes on and on.
The role of DRDM is primordial in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and thus building resilience of Seychelles to Disasters. Unless disaster risks are effectively reduced and managed, loss and damage by disasters will continue to undermine efforts to achieve Sustainable Development.
The Government of Seychelles is committed to the implementation of the SDGs Agenda 2030.Recently the Cabinet approved the creation of a national oversight and strategic committee for the implementation of actions related to Seychelles’ regional and global commitments, including the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.