Experts call for partnership on cross-boundary disasters
ISLAMABAD: United Nations experts have underscored the need for strengthening regional cooperation and partnership on cross-boundary disaster in Asia and Pacific region.
The experts expressed these views while 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), said a press release. The Expert Consultation is hosted by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
NDMA Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal, in his welcome remarks has said 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 welcome to participants of the consultation and hoped that their stay in Pakistan would be a delight.
Chairperson of APDIM Governing Council and Deputy Vice President of Plan and Budget Organization, Islamic Republic of Iran Dr Syed Hamid Pourmohammadi in his opening remarks 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 and impacts of social-economic development and disaster risk”, he added.
He informed the participants that Iran has initiated a national level programme to improve and sharpen the understanding, assessment, monitoring and early warning on hazards and disasters. He termed APDIM as very well positioned institution to help the countries of the region to enhance their capacities in disaster information and knowledge management. – APP