ASEAN strength­ens disas­ter mea­sures

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HAØ NOÄI —The As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) will pri­ori­tise disas­ter man­age­ment ef­forts in the co-op­er­a­tion within the mem­ber states as well as be­tween the block and its dia­logue part­ners.

As a re­gion faced with in­creased fre­quency and in­ten­sity of dis­as­ters caused by nat­u­ral haz­ards, the lead­ers of the re­gion have shown height­ened po­lit­i­cal sup­port to­wards build­ing re­silience to dis­as­ters.

“The pin­na­cle of such strong com­mit­ment was the im­mi­nent adop­tion of the very first high­rank­ing dec­la­ra­tion on en­hanc­ing co-op­er­a­tion in disas­ter man­age­ment that is slated in the ASEAN Sum­mit in Oc­to­ber,” ASEAN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Leâ Löông Minh told Vieät Nam News.

Minh was speak­ing at the sec­ond meet­ing of the con­fer­ence of the par­ties to the ASEAN agree­ment on disas­ter man­age­ment and emer­gency re­sponse (AADMER). The meet­ing which was held in Haø Noäi yes­ter­day was at­tended by min­is­ters in charge of disas­ter man­age­ment from all ASEAN mem­ber states.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony,...

... Vieät Nam Prime Min­is­ter Nguyeãn Taán Duõng said the AADMER had cre­ated an im­por­tant re­gional pol­icy frame­work and co­or­di­nat­ing plat­form for disas­ter man­age­ment in ASEAN.

The AADMER went into ef­fect in De­cem­ber 2009. One of the ob­jec­tives of this meet­ing was to out­line the progress of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment dur­ing the first phase (2010-12).

Duõng said ASEAN mem­bers had made en­cour­ag­ing progress in risk iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, as­sess­ment and mon­i­tor­ing, preven­tion and mit­i­ga­tion, pre­pared­ness and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The Prime Min­is­ter of the host coun­try said that dur­ing the next phase from 2013-15, ASEAN mem­ber states should at­tach more im­por­tance to the task of procur­ing re­sources to im­ple­ment spe­cific projects.

Ac­cord­ing to the new­ly­elected chair of the ASEAN Com­mit­tee on Disas­ter Man­age­ment Vuõ Va n Tu , there were 17 flag­ship projects iden­ti­fied as pri­or­ity for im­ple­men­ta­tion. Among those are some of the ma­jor events that will take place this year.

He said one of them was a re­gional stim­u­la­tion ex­er­cise that would be held in Oc­to­ber 24-29th in Haø Noäi aim­ing to test ASEAN’s re­sponse mech­a­nisms and the readi­ness level of ASEAN Co- or­di­nat­ing Cen­tre for Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance on disas­ter man­age­ment.

There will be also a part­ner­ship con­fer­ence to mo­bilise re­sources and sup­port for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the AADMER slated to oc­cur in Haø Noäi in Novem­ber, par­tic­u­larly with dia­logue part­ners. The Euro­pean Union, apan and the United States have shown keen in­ter­est in work­ing with ASEAN in this par­tic­u­lar field, said ASEAN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Minh.

Minh also an­nounced that par­tic­i­pants at the meet­ing had agreed to set up the Re­volv­ing Fund which was worth US 10,000 for emer­gency re­lief pur­poses. This was to pro­vide re­sources for emer­gency re­lief that may oc­cur dur­ing hol­i­days where nor­mal re­sources might not be avail­able.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the par­ties also sup­ported the pro­posal to form a joint task force in hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and disas­ter re­lief.

The first meet­ing of the par­ties was held in akarta in March, 2012. —

— VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sinh

Peo­ple in north­ern Hoøa Bình Prov­ince - home of Hoøa Bình Hy­dropower Plant - prac­tise re­spond­ing to a dam break and evac­u­at­ing in an emer­gency. ASEAN mem­ber coun­tries have com­mited to en­hanc­ing co-op­er­a­tion in disas­ter mange­ment and emer­gency re­sponse.

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