In his opening remarks, Lieutenant-General Akhtar Nawaz Satti, the chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and chairman of APDIM Governing Council said, “We attach high importance to the programs and activities of APDIM,” UNIC Tehran announced on Wednesday.
He expressed Pakistan’s views that disaster risk reduction and management are essential measures to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an important component of Pakistan’s disaster risk reduction (DRR) policy.
Seyed Hamid Pourmohammadi, the deputy vice president of the Plan and Budget Organization of Iran, highlighted that “the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is very pleased to note that the final steps for the operationalization of APDIM have been successfully taken with the recent conclusion of the Administrative and Financial Arrangements of APDIM with ESCAP (the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)”.
He stressed the importance of regional cooperation and partnership to achieve APDIM’s goals and objectives.
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, the executive secretary of the United Nations ESCAP, said, “It is highly encouraging to see the achievement APDIM has made since its establishment and particularly from the Fourth Session of its Governing Council.”
“I am confident that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s commitment to contribute the highest amount given to any ESCAP regional institutions will ensure APDIM can truly make a difference in information management and risk reduction in the region,” she added.
Letizia Rossano, the director of APDIM presented to the council, the reports on activities of the center since the Fourth Session of the Governing Council and its financial and administrative status as well as details of APDIM Multi-year Strategic Program of Work (2020-30) and Program of Work for 2021-22. The session acknowledged the reports and endorsed APDIM’s strategic and biennium Program of Work.
APDIM Governing Council elected the Islamic Republic of Iran as the chair and Republic of Turkey as the vice chair for its new term until the next session of the council.
Delegates from the Governing Council member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan and Turkey attended the Fifth Session of the Governing Council and delegates from Georgia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan attended the session as observers.