Vietnam actively participates in cooperation mechanisms on disaster risk reduction

Tuesday, 20/09/2022 15:35
On September 19-22, in Australia, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in collaboration with the Australian Government organized the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR).
Asia-Pacific ministerial-level leaders attend APMCDRR. (Photo: VGP) 

According to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Vietnamese delegation to the APMCDRR was led by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Deputy Head of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control Nguyen Hoang Hiep.

APMCDRR 2022 is the 9th such conference to be held, with the main theme being “From Crisis to Resilience: Transforming the Asia-Pacific Region’s future through disaster risk reduction".

About 3,000 delegates from more than 40 countries in the Asia-Pacific region focused on discussing different issues, including exchanging progress on the implementation of the Sendai framework, promoting comprehensive disaster risk reduction efforts at the local level, aiming to lead less developed countries, archipelagos and small states in the region to join in responding to and stimulating public and private investment in disaster risk reduction area.

In his speech at the plenary session, Deputy Minister Nguyen Hoang Hiep said  that Vietnam has been actively participating in cooperation mechanisms on disaster risk reduction, and responsibly implemented international cooperation treaties and agreements. In particular, in 2023, Vietnam will assume the position of Chairman of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management.

He affirmed Vietnam's commitment to acting as an effective bridge, promoting strong cooperation between ASEAN and countries in the Asia-Pacific region on strategic solutions to tackle multiple risks at once.

He added that the United Nations needs to further strengthen support for the most vulnerable countries in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance access to multilateral and global funds. Resources to be mobilized for programs and projects should focus on strengthening the resilience of the most vulnerable communities to the increasing impacts of disasters and climate change. For Vietnam, overcoming its vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change requires more efforts and resources, including the transfer of science and technology between countries./.

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