APDIM Cen­ter to Pro­mote Na­tional In­ter­ests

Iran News - - ایران نیوز -

TEHRAN – Es­tab­lish­ment of the Asian and Pa­cific Cen­tre for the De­vel­op­ment of Dis­as­ter In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment (APDIM) of­fice in Tehran is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly pro­mote na­tional in­ter­ests, said Iran’s Head of the Plan and Bud­get Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Mo­ham­mad Baqer Nobakht made the re­mark in the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of Asian and Pa­cific Cen­tre for the De­vel­op­ment of Dis­as­ter In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment (APDIM) in Tehran con­cur­rent with an ESCAP con­fer­ence on ‘In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment for Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Re­silience’.

Nobakht met with UN Un­der Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ms. Shamshad Akhtar on Tues­day and signed a MoU on es­tab­lish­ing the APDIM of­fice in the Ira­nian cap­i­tal.

‘The cen­ter could pro­mote re­gional and global peace and a good ca­pac­ity for Iran and its neigh­bors to re­duce ef­fects of nat­u­ral calami­ties,” he noted. He also ex­pressed Iran’s readi­ness to share ex­pe­ri­ences in nat­u­ral dis­as­ters with the Asian and re­gional coun­tries. Asia and Pa­cific is the world’s most dan­ger­ous re­gion in terms of nat­u­ral calamity, Nobakht said at the open­ing cer­e­mony. He went on to say that Iran has given 3.3 mil­lion dol­lars to help es­tab­lish APDIM. in 2011, it was ap­proved to set up APDIM’s head­quar­ters in Tehran.

The sec­ond ses­sion of the Govern­ing Coun­cil of APDIM as a re­gional in­sti­tu­tion of the Eco­nomic and So­cial Com­mis­sion for Asia and the Pa­cific (ESCAP) started its ac­tiv­i­ties here on Tues­day.

The sec­ond APDIM meet­ing is to fo­cus on ways to counter and deal with the nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in­clud­ing earth­quake, floods and dust storms. The first ses­sion of APDIM Govern­ing Coun­cil was held in the In­dian cap­i­tal of New Delhi in Novem­ber 2016.

Elected mem­bers of the Govern­ing Coun­cil for the pe­riod 2016-2019 took part in the con­fer­ence, along with the host coun­try the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran, Bangladesh; Cam­bo­dia; Ma­cao, China; Nepal; Pak­istan; the Philip­pines; Sri Lanka and Turkey.

The Govern­ing Coun­cil of APDIM will hold its sec­ond ses­sion in Tehran on 31 Jan­uary 2018. The first ses­sion was hosted by New Delhi, In­dia.

The con­fer­ence, an ac­tiv­ity un­der APDIM, is mostly fo­cus­ing on risk man­age­ments for earth­quakes and other nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, as well as re­gional co­op­er­a­tion for com­bat­ing sand and dust storms in Asia and the Pa­cific.

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