0529 GMT February 24, 2021
The agreement was signed by Iran’s Ambassador to Bangkok and Permanent Representative of Iran to ESCAP Seyyed Reza Nobakhti and Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, undersecretary general of the United Nations and executive secretary of ESCAP, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The agreement provides APDIM with the required operational support to carry out its mandate to reduce human and material losses due to natural hazards and contribute to the efficient design, investment and implementation of disaster risk reduction and resilience policies.
The proposal to establish APDIM was approved in an annual meeting of the ESCAP in 2015.
In January 2018, Head of Iran's Plan and Budget Organization Mohammad Baqer Nobakht and Shamshad Akhtar, undersecretary general of the United Nations signed the memorandum of understanding for the establishment of APDIM. The Iranian administration’s proposed bill on the center was ratified by Iran’s Guardian Council in 2019.
APDIM has been established with the purpose of natural disaster risk reduction through the exchange of technical capabilities and disaster information management among 66 Asian and Pacific countries. The Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management would strengthen Iran’s international position in the fields of humanitarian activities and disaster risk reduction.
APDIM strives to ensure that risk information, information capacity and application, and regional cooperation are in place and enhanced to support member states in the region in disaster risk reduction and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).