SAARC for collaborative response to mitigate impacts of natural disasters

DHAKA State members of South Asian Association for

Regional Cooperation (SAARC) should work together for responding to natural

disasters by sharing and deploying resources to mitigate their impacts as

South Asia is a disaster-prone region.

This was stated by the Secretary General of the South Asian Association

for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Amjad Hussain B. Sial while addressing the

inaugural session of the South Asia Forum on Preparedness for Regional

Disaster Response.

SAARC and the International Federation of Red Cross jointly orgnised the

event, which brought together representatives from the member states of SAARC

and specialized agencies like UNOCHA and ADPC, in Kathmandu, according to a

press release received here today.

SAARC accords high priority to strengthening regional cooperation for

preservation, protection and management of the region's diverse and fragile

eco-systems. As other regions in the world, South Asia is also prone to

natural disasters, said the press release quoted him as saying.

Mentioning SAARC's different moves to protect ecology, the Secretary

General said at the political level, successive SAARC summits and meetings of

the SAARC Environment Ministers have provided valuable guidance for

intensifying regional cooperation in the areas of environment, climate change

and natural disasters.

Most importantly, at the Seventeenth SAARC Summit held in MalS in

November 2011, our leaders adopted the SAARC Agreement on Rapid Response to

Natural Disasters, which provides an effective regional mechanism to achieve

substantial reduction in the loss of human life and damage to social,

economic and environmental assets in the region, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)