Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction: 27-29 November 2013

Super Typhoon Bopha bore down on the Philippines with winds of 135 miles per hour. 

Image credit: NASA
Super Typhoon Bopha bore down on the Philippines with winds of 135 miles per hour. Image credit: NASA

Governments to discuss disaster risk reduction strategies in the region

Against the backdrop of an increasing number of natural disasters across Asia-Pacific, ESCAP is bringing to high level officials from around the region together to discuss strategies for building resilience so that countries can better withstand, adapt to, and recover from these shocks.

During the third session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction, which runs from 27-29 November at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok , the Committee will discuss how recent events such as the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan highlight the interlinked economic, social and environmental impacts of natural disasters and the need for equally comprehensive solutions.

These increasing shocks, which often occur simultaneously, call for multisectoral policy planning aimed at mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development plans, poverty reduction frameworks and national budgets. The Committee will review the benefits and costs of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and outlines strategies for building resilience to natural disasters, based on good practices across the region.

What: Opening of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction

When: 14:00 hours, Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Mr. Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Water and Flood Management Commission, Royal Government of Thailand

Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary

Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok

Other events which will be held in parallel to the Committee:

- 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on the RESAP for Sustainable Development in Asiaand the Pacific, 26-27 November 2013

- Expert Group Meeting on Strategies towards Building Resilience to Disasters in Asiaand the Pacific, 26-27 November 2013

- High-level Decision Makers’ Meeting on Implementation of the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Applications of Space Technology and Geographic Information System for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, 2012-2017, 27-28 November 2013

- Panel on Tropical Cyclone Integrated Workshop, 27-29 November 2013

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