Hosting 13th RCC Meeting is an Honour for Pakistan
Islamabad October 19, 2016
Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said that it was a great honour and privilege that Islamabad was hosting 13th RCC Meeting. He stated this during his address at the concluding session of the 13th RCC Meeting.
The sub-theme of the concluding session of the 13th RCC was Supporting Heart of Asia (HOA) for Enhancing Regional Cooperation on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development Goals. The participants of this session discussed the road map and action plan of HOA and looked for the opportunities for creating synergies with other regional mechanisms. This aimed at maximizing the impact of efforts and strengthening risk reduction capacities of HOA countries with focus on promoting regional cooperation. Efforts of Pakistan as a co-lead Country with Kazakhstan for Disaster Management Confidence Building Measures were very well acknowledge by all.
Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid in his speech said “Today, the nature of the common challenges that our region faces are complex, multi-dimensional and trans-national” and urged for a stronger emphasis on risk prevention and identification of role of all stakeholders from national to local level.
He observed that the multi hazards threats posed by natural calamities outlines a dire need as well as great scope for extensive and intense mutual cooperation at the regional level. He also expressed Government of Pakistan’s well directed intervention with strong political commitment which ensures better preparedness to mitigate the negative impacts of disasters.
The Meeting ended with the Islamabad Statement summing up the conclusion drawn out of the three days long deliberations and discussions. Delegates from Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka. Thailand, Turkey and development partners and international organizations fully endorsed the Islamabad Statement and regarded its recommendation as a valuable objective input for forwarding Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in India in the first week of November this year. Pakistan was nominated as the focal Country to forward the input to UNISDR.
While concluding the Meeting Chairman NDMA, Maj General Asghar Nawaz has stated that in order to better manage risks and crises at regional level, there is an increased need to create synergies in our joint actions and build partnerships to reduce the otherwise significant impact particularly from natural disasters. He concluded that the forums like Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) provide effective platforms for sharing view and deliberate on issues confronting humanity in an environment of neutrality.