The Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation organization has chaired thematic event at the 2nd Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar on July 5, 2018.
The thematic event regarding technology and innovations offered an opportunity to various organizations to share and discuss experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of disaster risk reduction programmes. As the task of managing disasters is heavily dependent on scientific knowledge and technology, the event showcased concrete examples of how science, technology and innovation could assist governments in reducing disaster risks and losses. Case studies focused on applied fields such as environment, health, agriculture and water. Innovation was an overarching theme, with recommendations focusing on how to replicate and increase the use of innovative technologies to reduce disaster risk and build resilience.
During the session, ECO Secretary General, HE Halil Ibrahim Akca facilitated discussions on the need for strengthening regional cooperation including through public-private partnerships for the research, development and application of science, technology and innovation for disaster risk reduction. Particular consideration was given to the needs of vulnerable groups including women and children and the disabled, elderly, displaced and migrant populations.
Two discussants and six panelists shared their knowledge, experience and recommendations with the participants on administration and prevention according to the Sendai goals. In his remarks, to the session, the Ambassador Akca underscored the vital role of science and technology in accelerating the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and expressed optimism that the challenges of targeted countries and communities may be met by pioneer countries.
The panel highlighted the importance of prioritizing regional support using technological tools available to transfer and share knowledge among Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, Small Island Developing States and other countries with special needs.