Islamabad-On the second day of the 13th RCC meeting, the experts discussed the challenges and options for implementing the global frameworks including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, and the Sendai Framework for DRR.

They identified that creation of linkages between these frameworks is not an easy task and that some concerted efforts are needed to overcome the challenge, drawing commonalities and adopting focused approach.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz recommended that a comprehensive monitoring tool must be developed that countries could use at macro level for the effective monitoring and implementation of the three frameworks.

Dr Peeranan Towashiraporn, Director of ADPC, Thailand, said the countries need to enhance risk assessment and information management mechanisms given the risk situation in the region. He stated that Asia-Pacific is the most vulnerable region to disasters.

“More than 5,000 disasters have hit this region since 1970, which killed more than two billion people and affected the lives of over six billion,” he said.

“In the recent past, Indian Ocean Tsunami took the lives of 230,000 people in 14 countries in 2004. Kashmir earthquake killed over 74,000 people in Pakistan in 2005, and Cyclone Nargis killed 138,000 people in Myanmar in 2008,” Dr Peeranan stated and urged the committee to commit to learning a lesson from the history of disasters in this region to work on preventing such losses in future in RCC countries.

Even though most of the Asian countries have disaster risk reduction policies and plans, funding is often not available to avoid emergencies.

The participants agreed that disasters are not isolated events. No country can mitigate the cause of natural hazards alone as a disaster in one country disrupts the lives of those living far away.

The RCC delegates also stressed for more regional collaboration on disaster management. Regional mechanism of cooperation such as South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Heart of Asia, Regional Consultative Committee and other formal and informal forums are critical to facilitate the implementation of disaster reduction and climate change adaptation related global frameworks.