• The Sixth Session of the Conference of Parties of African Risk Capacity (COP6) was held in Nouakchott, Mauritania

  • African Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy, H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, attends COP6.

  • African governments decide, as a continent, how to approach disaster risk management and financing issues on the continent,

  • "ARC is an innovation that Africa pioneered to manage the consequences of natural disasters that destroy development gains in record time." His Excellency Yahya Ould Hademine, Prime Minister of Mauritania, opens COP6.

  • Ms. Najwa Kettab, the Commissioner for Food Security in Mauritania, supports ARC's work in responding efficiently to climate-induced food insecurity.

  • Development partners, such as the World Food Programme, attended COP6 as observers to the decision-making process.

  • For the second year in a row, African smallholder farmer organizations attended COP6 to lend the perspective of pastoralists across Africa. ROPPA, SACAU, IFAD, and PROPAC participated in a roundtable discussion.

  • Mr. Birama Sidibe, ARC Agency Board Member, delivers an opening statement at COP6.

  • At COP6 and throughout the year, ARC collaborates closely with governments to mainstream effective disaster risk resilience policies across the continent.

  • Discussions were led by the Chair of COP6 elected from Mauritania with presentations and guidance provided by the ARC Secretariat and Governing Board.

  • COP6 closed with a Gala Dinner hosted by the Government of Mauritania.

Mauritania hosts African Risk Capacity’s Conference of Parties

The African Risk Capacity’s (ARC) annual Conference of Parties (CoP) convened this month in Mauritania, with all signatories of ARC invited to attend. ARC was honoured to have the support of Mauritania’s Prime Minister, His Excellency Yahya Ould Hademine, who opened the forum – at which Member States discussed, exchanged ideas and collaborated with one another on topics related to ARC’s work on the continent. “ARC is an innovation that Africa pioneered to manage the consequences of natural disasters that destroy development gains in record time,” His Excellency Hademine, Prime Minister of Mauritania, opens COP6.

His Excellency Yahya Ould Hademine, Prime Minister of Mauritania, opens the Sixth Session of the Conference of Parties of ARC
“ARC is an innovation that Africa pioneered to manage the consequences of natural disasters that destroy development gains in record time” – H.E. Hademine

The CoP saw numerous concepts explored, such as basis risk’s role in parametric insurance and the development of innovative systems and methods to effectively manage it. The subject was deliberated in open and collaborative sessions, with governments working together to bring about an African-led solution. Discussions were also held with African smallholder farm organizations for the second year in a row to bring the perspective of pastoralists to the discussion.

In addition, briefings were held with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to advise Member States on accessing funding from AfDB for premium payment support. AfDB’s active engagement on financing for countries keen to participate in ARC constitutes both a key priority and milestone.

Mohamed Beavogui, Director-General of ARC Agency, said: “Our annual Conference of Parties is the perfect opportunity for our Member States to come together for common cause – and we are delighted that this year it took place in Mauritania, a country that has consistently shown its commitment to disaster preparedness and to combating climate-related risks. We came away this year with new ideas and perspectives, which we are looking forward to developing further.”

ARC Director General Mohamed Beavogui on a panel featuring AU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy and Commissioner for Food Security of Mauritania
ARC Director General Mohamed Beavogui on a panel featuring AU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy and Commissioner for Food Security of Mauritania

As the highest decision-making organ of ARC, the CoP provides ample opportunity to reflect on ARC’s progress as well as the innovations that are in progress, and what will be needed in the coming years. The discussions had and solutions introduced in Mauritania serve to underline the importance of CoP, and ARC looks forward to similarly constructive conferences in the future.