World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Asia: National Funding Urged for Disaster Risk Reduction

Asian Parliamentarians Urge National Funding for Disaster Risk Reduction – UN

New York, Nov 30 2010, 11:10AM
Parliamentarians from 10 Asian countries have urged governments in the region to allocate at least one per cent of their national budgets to projects designed to strengthen disaster risk reduction, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) said today.

The call came as delegates from across the world gathered in Cancún, Mexico, for the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). State parties to the Convention will work to ensure that disaster risk reduction is integrated into the final text of an agreement.

“We need to elevate national and global aspirations in addressing disaster risk from mere ‘reduction’ towards ‘elimination’, and to promote disaster prevention with ‘zero tolerance’ to disaster losses as a mindset and approach for international, national, and local development action,” the members of parliament said in their Manila Call for Action on Sunday.

The appeal was signed by parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, and Thailand.

Meeting in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the members of parliament pledged to be “agents of change” and agreed “to transcend political boundaries in advancing disaster risk reduction and in fostering synergies with climate change adaptation for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” The MDGs are eight anti-poverty goals world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.

The parliamentarians, who were attending a consultative meeting under the theme of “Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” agreed to strengthen their knowledge and capacity in disaster risk reduction through closer collaboration with the UNISDR.

The document also recommended that governments use UNISDR’s Advocacy Kit for Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction as an instrument for achieving the MDGs.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

OECD: COVID-19 Crisis Puts Migration And Progress On Integration At Risk, Says

Watch the live webcast of the press conference Migration flows have increased over the past decade and some progress has been made to improve the integration of immigrants in the host countries. But some of these gains may be erased by the COVID-19 pandemic ... More>>


Pacific Media Watch: How Pacific Environmental Defenders Are Coping With The Covid Pandemic

SPECIAL REPORT: By Sri Krishnamurthi of Pacific Media Watch Pacific Climate Warriors - creative action to trigger better responses to climate crisis. Image: ... More>>

Reporters Without Borders: Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing Marred By Barriers To Open Justice

After monitoring four weeks of evidence in the US extradition proceedings against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates concern regarding the targeting of Assange for his contributions to journalism, and calls ... More>>

OHCHR: Stranded Migrants Need Safe And Dignified Return – UN Migrant Workers Committee

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has today called on governments to take immediate action to address the inhumane conditions of migrant workers who are stranded in detention camps and ensure they can have an orderly, safe and dignified return to ... More>>