MAPUTO, The Mozambican government has a Master Plan for Risk and Disaster Reduction for the period 2017-2030, says Government Spokesperson Ana Comoana.

Comoana, who is the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, told the media after Tuesday’s weekly Council of Ministers (Cabinet) meeting here that the plan seeks to reduce risks of disasters through increasing resilience to extreme and recurrent climate events.

The plan, she added, is based on the disaster management law passed by the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, in 2014, and on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030.

In addition to dealing with floods and droughts, Comoana said, the plan prioritises sustainable management of natural events, training and professionalising those involved in this, organization of the territory as a crucial question, and monitoring. The plan should promote a culture of speedy response to and recovery from disasters, she added.

The Council of Ministers also approved the list of dangerous work for children which is envisaged in the 1999 Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the worst forms of child labour, ratified by the the Assembly of the Republic in 2006.

The Convention obliges ILO member States to take immediate and effective measures to secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour as a matter of urgency. This includes work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.