Senior officials meeting on HOA

Islamabad, May 25, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan: Security and Cooperation in the Heart of Asia, held on 2nd November, 2011 adopted a declaration also called the Istanbul Process document, for capacity building and stability of Asia region.

The Heart of Asia Countries, consist of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, The UAE and Uzbekistan.

The Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference was held at Kabul on 14th June 2012 that decided to short list seven (7) CBMs for implementation in the first phase. Among those seven Pakistan has a lead role in Disaster Management-CBM (DM-CBM), along with Kazakhstan.

The other countries who have joined this CBM are Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey, while Supporting Countries include Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, UK, USA, European Union and later on Norway and Poland have also evinced interest in supporting implementation of DM-CBM. The Supporting Organisations for DM-CBM are WFP, UNDP, UNISDR, UNOCHA, World Bank, EU, NATO and ADPC.

In this regard a Senior Officials Meeting was held at Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. The purpose was to apprise on the progress regarding implementation of CBMs. The meeting was attended by representatives from Pakistan, Kazakistan.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was represented by Member Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Ahmed Kamal at the meeting. The House was apprised on the activities undertaken by Pakistan and progress achieved so far under Disaster Management CBM.

Mr. Kamal also briefed on issues and challenges including Funding constraints for implementation of Activity Plan, Need of macro / micro level risk info of HoA region, Frequent disasters in the region diverting focus on DRR, Impact of climate change over the region, Deficient weather forecasting capabilities and inadequate early warning sharing and dissemination system, Need of establishment of Center of Excellence for disaster management training, research and development and Capacity building and awareness raising among communities on DRM.

For more information, contact:
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Prime Minister’s Office, 2nd Floor,
Sector G-5-1, Constitution Avenue,
Post Code 44000, Islamabad
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