Mongolia opens AMCDRR 2018

2018-07-03 20:15:42

The Government of Mongolia opened the three-day Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) being held in Ulaanbaatar today, on July 3.

Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia U.Enkhtuvshin delivered an opening speech and urged a strong focus on disaster-resilient infrastructure in national plans to implement the global plan for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for DRR adopted by UN member States in 2015.

“This conference is about reducing and mitigating the risk of disasters and aligning risk reduction activities with the Sustainable Development Goals. We will take stock of the progress achieved in implementing the Sendai Framework at the regional and national levels, as well as discuss and adopt the Action Plan for the Asian Region in 2018-2020, and the Ulaanbaatar Declaration on DRR,” he said.

Prime Minister U.Khurelsulh urged participants to use the three days to review challenges in the region on disaster losses through increasing action at the local level in the world’s most disaster-prone region which saw over eleven million people displaced by disaster last year, notably in east and south Asia and the Pacific islands.

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori said “Mongolia itself is vulnerable to a range of natural hazards including drought, floods earthquakes and forest fires. The government has shown great leadership on disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region.”

In 2017, the then Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia U.Khurelsukh was recognized as a UNISDR Asian Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction. Mongolia was also the first country in Asia Pacific to fully commit all its municipalities to UNISDR’s ‘Make Cities Resilient Campaign’ which aims to help cities and local governments prepare for and reduce risks and become resilient to disasters.

The AMCDRR 2018 will conclude on Friday with the adoption of am action plan for the region for 2018-2020.

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