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UN ink deal with east African nations on disaster preparedness, humanitarian action

NAIROBI, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The UN humanitarian agency and east African countries on Wednesday signed agreement to enhance ties on disaster preparedness and coordination of humanitarian aid.

A statement from the Nairobi-based UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which signed the deal with Inter- Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said the MoU will also enable bodies enhance their collaboration on advocacy for the protection of civilians affected by conflict and natural disasters.

The MoU agreed between the two organizations also aims to enhance the integration of international humanitarian law and principles on the protection of civilians in crises, particularly in support of IGAD's role in implementing the AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, also known as the Kampala Convention.

The deal comes amid growing cooperation between the two organizations to enhance resilience efforts in the greater Horn of Africa, a region prone to recurrent drought and other natural and man-made disasters.

IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim said the two organizations are working together to intensify their efforts towards ending drought emergencies in the greater Horn of Africa region through the Resilience Initiative.

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