Call to expand regional networks on cross-boundary disasters

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

High-level UN experts on Wednesday underscored the urgent need to strengthen regional cooperation and partnership on cross-boundary disaster in Asia and Pacific region. The experts were addressing at the opening session of a High Level Expert Consultation, organized by Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (ADPIM), a regional institution under the auspices of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). The Expert Consultation is hosted by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal, Chairman NDMA in his welcome remarks has stated that disaster information greatly contributes to the policy and decision making in disaster risk reduction and management. “NDMA realizes the importance of disaster risk information and recognizes its inevitability for effective DRM planning”, highlighted General Afzal. He appreciated the efforts of APDIM for organizing high-level expert consultation and opening up discussion on such an important subject at regional level. He extended warm welcomes to participant of consultation and hoped that their stay in Pakistan would be a delight.
Dr. Syed Hamid Pourmohammadi, Chairperson of APDIM Governing Council and Deputy Vice President of Plan and Budget Organization, Islamic Republic of Iran in his opening remarks has said, “Understanding disaster risk is beyond just collecting data and information about natural hazards or certain vulnerabilities. “It is about identifying the fundamental cause and effect relation between various risk factors such as the reciprocal causes.

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