Pakistan Committed to the Global Disaster Risk Reduction Frameworks, Policies – 13th RCC Meeting Takes off at Islamabad
Islamabad 17 October 2016
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Professor Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan being one of the most experienced country in coping with hazards has played her key role in global discussions and formulation of policies, plans and frameworks at regional and international levels for disaster risk reduction.
He stated this while addressing the Inaugural Session of 13th Annual meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster management here on Monday.
13th Annual Meeting of Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management has kicked off here on Monday. This is the first time Pakistan is hosting this Event since the inception of the Forum in 2000. Delegates and representatives from sixteen members alongside International observers from non-member states are attending the Meeting.
Three days of the Meeting from 17th – 19th October is divided over different sessions to deliberate upon the main theme “Operationalizing Global Frameworks for Risk Resilient Development in Asia” to assess to how the global and regional frameworks for disaster mitigation can be best translated into practice, keeping local needs and perspective in view.
The sub-theme for the first day of the Meeting was Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Implementation Efforts, Challenges and Opportunities. The participants held threadbare discussion in their presentations and plenary discussions. This also afforded Pakistan an opportunity to present its Disaster Risk Management status Report which was by all.
In his speech Minister for Planning observed that Asia is greatly vulnerable to the negative impacts of both geological hazard and climate change phenomena. He, therefore, emphasized the need for an enhanced partnerships for sustainable developments, sharing of knowledge, expertise and technology for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly for developing countries.
While reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to Disaster Risks Reduction, Minister Ahsan Iqbal said, “Realizing the nature of close linkages between disaster and development efforts, the Government of Pakistan under its Vision 2025 has embarked upon developing strategies to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters”.
Earlier in his welcome Address, Chairman NDMA said that Sendai Frame Work provides the vision for “risk sensitive development as corner stone for sustainability”. He went on to regard Paris Climate Change Agreement as a hope for climatically safer world in future, especially for countries of Asian Pacific Region which are at forefront of vulnerability. Chairman NDMA was categorical in asserting Government of Pakistan’s commitment towards implementation of Global Frameworks and supporting all initiatives to save humanity. Prof. Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, Chairman Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Mr. Stephan Huppertz, Region Coordinator Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management, Mr. Kim DeRidder, Director, Environment Program, the Asia Foundation and Ms. Javeria Afzal, Associate Country Director, OXFAM Pakistan were among the others who addressed the Inauguration Session of 13 th RCC Meeting. The Meeting is considered a success in the wake of such a large International Participation when voices of diplomatic isolation are echoed by some quarters. The structure and format of discourse was quite practical and objective.
The Meeting is likely to bring out tangible action oriented outputs which will act as a comprehensive input for Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi in Nov. 2016. The delegates were found much impressed by the arrangements and format of the Meeting.