|Participants are urged to focus on streamlining the ASEAN agreement at the national level. ― VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI ― Ministers from ASEAN countries have gathered in Ha Noi to review their efforts towards building an ASEAN community resilient to disasters.
Their specific objective is to assess the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) during the first phase from 2010 to 2012. They will also discuss an action plan for the second phase from 2013 to 2015.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the second meeting of parties, Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the ratification of AADMER had created an important regional framework strengthening disaster mitigation and response.
He said ASEAN members had made encouraging progress in risk identification, assessment and monitoring; prevention and mitigation; preparedness; and rehabilitation.
He urged participants to focus on streamlining the ASEAN agreement at the national level, giving priority to establishing early warning systems, raising awareness and investing in disaster-prepared infrastructure.
The first meeting of the conference was held in Jakarta last March. ― VNS