Bangladesh showcases disaster risk reduction in Geneva

23 May 2013

imageBangladesh showcases ddr in Geneva. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

On behalf of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Md. Munir Chowdhury, Head of the Government Delegations reaffirmed Bangladesh strong commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change adaptation at the 4th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDDR) in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
The key objective of the official plenary was to share and consolidate views, identify key priority agenda and further consult on the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. The country statement focused on some key areas particularly the progress achieved in climate change negotiation processes and Bangladesh position’s in framing the post HFA framework. Further to that the country highlighted that the Post-2015 development global framework must contain legally binding international equitable governance mechanism with accountability. Joint Secretary Md. Munir stated the needs for transferring of technology and finance to address causal-consequences of disaster and climate change, fair and evidence-based claims and compensations at global level.  
 
SRSG Ms. Margareta Wahlstorm, UNISDR Chief and UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson addressed the opening ceremony.
 
On 20th May 2013, the day before the official opening of the 4th GPDRR Md. Munir Chowdhury attended the consultative event on ‘The role disaster-prone countries have played in preventing and preparing for disasters’ as a panellist. The presentation mainly focused on measures implemented in Bangladesh over the past two decades that have saved lives and reduced cyclone-related losses. He shared lessons learnt from country perspectives to inform how the international community can come together to comprehensively support disaster prevention, preparedness and reduced losses in high-risk countries like Bangladesh.  As consultations on a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2) proceed, the integration of preparedness into disaster risk management needs to reflect the changing environment of more intense and frequent disasters.  Development efforts need to systematically address the underlying risk factors that lead to disasters, he said.
 
Bangladesh has participated in various technical sessions, featured events, market hub booth and side events at the 4th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction being held at the International Conference Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. A 7 member government delegations also took part in different events led by the Joint Secretary Md. Munir Chowdhury of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief interacted with the wide range of participants towards linkage building on DRR and CCA. The government delegations include Professor Mahbuba Nasreen, Dhaka University, Ms. Farah Kabir, ActionAid Country Director, Sifayet Ullah, Programme Analyst, UNDP, Shaila Shahid, Communications Specialist, CDMP, UNDP, representatives from Islamic Relief, Christian Aid and Centre for Disability Development.