Bhutan at the 23rd UN world con­fer­ence on dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion

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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.

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