ESCAP partners with China to help Asia and the Pacific to reduce disaster risk

General Press Releases Tuesday September 23, 2008 16:47
Bangkok--23 Sep--UN
Framework outlined during visit to Sichuan quake zone by ESCAP Executive Secretary

The regional arm of the United Nations in Asia and the Pacific is teaming up with China to create a disaster risk reduction framework that could help save lives and reduce the damage caused by disasters in the future.

The cooperative framework was outlined today by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Noeleen Heyzer, during her visit to the earthquake

ravaged Sichuan province of China. The earthquake, which struck in May, has left over 90,000 dead or missing.

“The Asia-Pacific region shares a disproportionate burden of the global loss of life from disasters,” Dr. Heyzer said, “Eighty per cent of casualties from major disasters in the world over the last seven years have occurred in Asia-Pacific and six of the 10 most affected countries, in terms of number of victims, are from this region.”

Dr. Heyzer visited the town of Yingsiu – the epic-centre of the earthquake – about 200 kilometres northwest of Chengdu, the provincial capital, as well settlements and schools in the area. She expressed her admiration of the people for their recovery effort and the rapidness of the Chinese government’s response to the disaster.

“The smooth coordination with which the relief and rescue effort was undertaken despite the sheer enormity of the task is truly admirable,” Dr.Heyzer said.
The proposed partnership between ESCAP and the Chinese government aims to help develop and promote regional cooperation in disaster risk reduction.

“We see the People’s Republic of China as a leading contributor as well as a benefactor of a process where ESCAP and China will work together towards promoting regional cooperation in disaster risk reduction to make the entire Asia-Pacific more resilient to disasters,” Dr. Heyzer said.

The proposed framework for cooperation will concentrate on three main areas: disaster risk reduction and preparedness; impact assessment, especially on socio-economic development; and enhancing existing South-South cooperation mechanisms for sharing experiences in disaster management in the region.

The first area: disaster risk reduction and preparedness, includes creating regional access to information about disaster risk reduction as well as access to policy and budget mechanisms to ensure adequate support and early

warning systems. An example of this type of work is the ESCAP Tsunami Regional Trust Fund, which supports early warning of tsunamis and related hazards in the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia.
The second area: socio-economic impact assessment of disasters, includes developing and sharing model policies and legislation aimed at reducing the social and economic impact of disasters.

The third area: enhancing regional South-South cooperation mechanisms for sharing experiences in disaster management, includes using and enhancing the mechanisms already in place with South-South cooperation for analysis and sharing of good practices as well as identifying and assessing disaster risk reduction activities in the region.

Based on these initial proposals, ESCAP and China plan to work further in the coming months towards creating a disaster risk reduction programme that could benefit the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.
For further information, please visit: www.unescap.org/idd
Media contact:
Bentley Jenson
UN Information Services, ESCAP
Tel.: +66-2-288-1869
Fax: +66-2-288-1052
Email: jenson@un.org

Latest Press Release

Call for Applications Open for the 3rd Annual ASEAN Data Science Explorers

Programme by the ASEAN Foundation and SAP invite students across ASEAN to address issues within the region by harnessing the power of data and deliver sound recommendations The ASEAN Foundation and SAP launched today the call for applications for the...

Japanese Souffle Pancakes Delight at Up Above Restaurant and Bar

Enjoyed as a dessert, as a treat with afternoon tea, or at any time of day that takes your fancy, souffle-style pancakes can be considered a comfort food. However, in Japan even a simple comfort food like pancakes are taken seriously. In recent years...

Pepsi partners with FILA launching special collection PEPSI x FILA Trending in Sports-Fashion- and attracting Teens-Fashionistas

Building on its position as a leading lifestyle brand, Pepsi has joined forces with FILA, the world's leading sports fashion brand under Sports Fashion and Music concept to introduce a special-edition "PEPSI X FILA" fashion capsule collection, in the...

All New A La Carte Dishes @ Streats Bangkok

There's a dish for every desire waiting for you at ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai's very own Streats Bar & Bisto. The all new a la carte menu offers over 90 dishes spanning Thai and international flavours for food lovers to savour. Signature...

Enjoy scrumptious taste of imported Pacific cod on special menu at Breeze Caf Bar

Come treat yourself to the three special cod menus of the month prepared by Australian chef at Breeze Caf & Bar. This premium imported Pacific cod is packed with vitamin and Omega 3 fatty acids. The first listed menu item is Cod Loin Skin On, a...

Related Topics