Regional huddle: Disaster management moot opens today

Meeting will devise collective action for implementing global frameworks


Our Correspondent October 17, 2016
The Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) is made up of 26 member countries that serve as an informal consultative mechanism on disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific Region. PHOTO: PPI

ISLAMABAD: Top disaster management officials, from 16 Asian countries are converging in Islamabad on Monday (today) to discuss risk reduction via regional cooperation under the umbrella of Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), high-ranking officials of national disaster management offices and related organisations from 16 Asian countries are all set to meet and deliberate upon options for disaster risk reduction through regional cooperation, a statement issued by the authority said on Sunday.

The 13th meeting of RCC will conclude on October 19, with a joint statement from all the participating countries on reducing disaster risks in Asia Pacific region through collective efforts.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal will address the inaugural session. The theme of 13th RCC is “Operationalising Global Frameworks for Risk-Resilient Development in Asia”.

NDMA, Pakistan, is hosting the event in collaboration with Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Thailand. The RCC will discuss opportunities and challenges for implementing at national and regional scale the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This meeting will offer an opportunity to the member countries to devise collective actions for implementing global frameworks in a bid to save people lives and properties in the face of climate change phenomenon that threatens to affect development efforts of Asian economies.

The Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) is made up of 26 member countries that serve as an informal consultative mechanism on disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific Region.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2016.

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