PRE-EMPTIVE STRATEGY VITAL FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION; AZAM KHAN
PAKISTAN AMONGST THOSE FEW COUNTRIES THAT HAVE DEVELOPED THEIR OWN LONG TERM DISASTER MANAGEMENT PLAN: CHAIRMAN NDMA
Islamabad; June 20, 2018:
Caretaker Interior Minister Azam Khan has said that pre-emptive strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction was vital for ensuring safety to human lives and properties in face of natural calamities and climatic catastrophes. He expressed these views during his speech as Chief Guest at the inaugural session of two-day International Conference on Disaster Management here on Wednesday morning. The conference will be followed by 6th meeting of regional technical group of Disaster Management Confidence Building Measures (DM-CBM) of Heart of Asia, Istanbul Process. NDMA Pakistan is co hosting DM-CBM along with Kyrgyzstan.
Azam Khan observed that Asia-Pacific region in general and Pakistan in particular was prone to a multitude of disasters and therefore special measure were needed to handle these recurring disasters from changed weather pattern. He said that Pakistan had a vast and diverse experience of coping up with disasters and stated that other countries of the region can learn from Pakistan’s expertise in this field.
Lieutenant General Omer Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA, during his welcome address has said that Pakistan was amongst those few countries that have developed their own long term Disaster Management Plan in 2013. He further stated that we strongly believe that Disaster Risk Reduction Approach is imperative for building resilience and sustainable development, especially for developing countries like Pakistan. He underlined that Sendai Framework for DRR and Paris Climate Change Agreement provide unique opportunity to move towards the vision for “risk sensitive development as cornerstone for sustainability”. Earlier, Member (DRR Wing), NDMA, Idrees Mahsud gave an over view of the conference.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Pakistan is hosting an International Conference with expert group discussions addressing Disaster Risks Specific to Pakistan from 20th June to 22nd June in Islamabad. The central theme for the conference is “Capitalizing on Pakistan’s Vast Experience in Handling Disasters, Creating Synergies among Global Frameworks for Resilience-Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward for the Region” The meetings will be split into following three sub themes, “Pakistan’s Experience in Managing Mega Disaster’, ‘Lessons to be learnt’ and “Analyzing related Global Frameworks for resilience with the aim to create synergies and strengthen risk governance”
Three days exhaustive discussions at this forum will provide a great opportunity for NDMA to understand the challenges and emerging requirements for effective implementation of risk-sensitive sustainable development strategies that are needed to be contextualized to the specific disaster risks facing Pakistan. Main focus will thus be on the progress achieved so far under Disaster Management – CBMs, and future course for implementation of the approved activities, deliberations on the future road map of DM-CBM.
NDMA Pakistan, as a lead Organization from Pakistan is also hosting the 6th Regional Technical Group Meeting in Islamabad on last day of conference on 22nd June, 2018. It is expected that a technical focal persons each from the “Heart of Asia” participating states (Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Turkey) and from supporting countries (the Kingdom of Sweden, Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States) and delegates from International and Regional organizations including United Nation, The World Bank and European Union etc. shall participate in the Meeting.