Bhutan at the 23rd UN world conference on disaster risk reduction
T he Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji will lead the Bhutanese delegation to the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction ( WCDRR) in Sendai , Japan from March 14- 18, 2015.
The meeting will review, adopt new framework for disaster risk reduction and identify modalities of international cooperation to implement the post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
In the opening of the conference yesterday the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, pledged $US 4 billion to support implementation of the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” over the next four years.
Speaking at the opening of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Abe said: “Disaster risk reduction is the most important challenge for both developed and developing countries. For developing countries in particular, where 90% of disaster victims are concentrated.”
The package will focus on the development of disaster-proof infrastructure, the promotion of global and regional cooperation and the training of 40,000 government officials and local leaders to play a leading role in national efforts for disaster risk reduction. Japan will make its expertise and knowledge available.
The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, made an appeal at the Conference opening for the creation of a worldwide early warning system for Climate Disasters - “Climate Disaster Warning” - as he stated that 70% of disasters are now linked to climate change, double the number of twenty years ago.
He said the objective was to provide the most vulnerable countries, including small island developing states, with access to real-time weather and climate updates, information and communications technology and to support a SMS-based alert system.
Mr. Fabius is incoming President of COP21, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change which will take place December in Paris. He said that disaster risk reduction and the struggle against climate change are totally linked. He said: “It is necessary to tackle these problems together and not separately.”
The Conference attended by 186 governments will adopt a new post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction on March 18 in place of the current Hyogo Framework for Action adopted ten years ago at the last World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Kobe, Japan
As a least developed, land lock country, vulnerable to natural disaster risk reduction and management is of utmost importance to the Royal Government.
The Bhutanese delegation will comprise of a member from the Parliament, officials from the Department of Disaster Management and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.