Need stressed to ensure batter preparedness to mitigate negative impacts of disasters

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Mian Arshad

Islamabad—Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, Wednesday, urged for a stronger emphasis on risk prevention and identification of role of all stakeholders from national to local level. Today, the nature of the common challenges that our region faces are complex, multi-dimensional and trans-national. Addressing the concluding session of the 13th Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management here, he said 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. The Government of Pakistan’s well directed intervention with strong political commitment which ensures better preparedness to mitigate the negative impacts of disasters
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.
While concluding the Meeting Chairman NDMA, Maj General Asghar Nawaz has stated that in order to better management of 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.
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.