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      ECO SG takes part in Disaster Risk Reduction Ministerial Conference
      ECO Secretary General, HE Halil Ibrahim Akca, has participated in the 2nd Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar on July 3 - 6, 2018.

      The conference was attended by around 2000 participants from Asia, Pacific, International and Regional Organizations, UN-specialized bodies, NGOs and activists, as well as representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Mongolia. The conference recognized the importance of ensuring coherence amongst the global frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The participating Ministers resolved to implement the actions recommended in Ulaanbaatar Declaration, deliver their commitments and share the progress during the next conference. The 3rd AMCDRR would be hosted by the government of Australia in 2020.




      While delivering his statement, Ambassador Akca highlighted ECO’s commitment to the Sendai framework and the comprehensive contribution of the Member States. The ECO Regional Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (ECORFDRR), he added, which has been prepared through the support of Islamic Development Bank and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), is consistent with the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as well as other frameworks within the overall context of SDGs. The draft of the regional framework awaits the consideration and approval of the upcoming Ministerial Meeting in Turkey by the 2nd half of 2018, the Secretary General added.

      The ECO Secretary General also met the Mongolian Prime Minister, HE Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, and Deputy Prime Minister, HE U. Enkhtuvshin and the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk reduction, Mami Mizutori on the sidelines of the event.

      Jointly hosted by the Government of Mongolia and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the 2nd Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) sought to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the Asia Regional Plan. The Asia Regional Plan encourages identification of identifying priorities to support national and local actions, enhance exchange of good practice, knowledge and information among governments and stakeholders.


      Bilateral Meeting with the Afghanistan’s State Minister of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs



      The Secretary General also met Afghanistan’s State Minister of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, HE Najib Agha Fahim to discuss recent developments with regards to the ECO Advocacy Program for Afghanistan (EAPA).

      During the meeting while touching on the subject of the ongoing drought in Afghanistan, Mr. Fahim emphasized that the role and support of ECO countries could assist the country in overcoming the consequences of the drought which could worsen security threats to Afghanistan and the entire ECO region.

      Ambassador Akca outlined the priorities, objectives and mission of the organization for the promotion of economic solidarity throughout the region, adding that the Advocacy Program for Afghanistan is the main ECO framework seeking to assist the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in its efforts for stability, prosperity, economic growth and sustainable development. He also underlined that the Organization would welcome any proposal from the government of Afghanistan with regards to natural disasters. The ECO Secretary General assured the Minister that the adverse impacts of drought in Afghanistan would be conveyed to Member states for more deliberation under the ECO Advocacy Program for Afghanistan (EAPA). The Secretary General also appreciated Afghanistan’s proposal to host the ECO Expert Group Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction and Implementation of the ECO Regional Framework on DRR in Kabul on August 19 – 20, 2018.


      Bilateral Meeting with Chairman of Asia Disaster Preparedness Center

      The Ambassador Akca also met with Chairman of Asia Disaster Preparedness Center, Krasae Chanawongse, who precisely briefed him on the ADPC mission to provide technical and training services in a bid to combat the risks associated with disaster and climate change. He expressed his readiness for an extended collaboration with the ECO to augment their agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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