During the closing ceremony of the Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2014 (6th AMCDRR), Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom said all stakeholders had agreed that a whole-of-society approach was the way forward in achieving effective disaster risk reduction and minimizing impacts. The approach requires cooperation from all concerned sectors including investment in disaster prevention.
Meanwhile, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry of Thailand M.L. Panadda Diskul said the 6th AMCDRR had achieved its stated goals, serving as a platform for participants to discuss and share experiences as well as reflect on ways to further enhance cooperation in managing and reducing disaster risks among countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
To reinforce the commitment to make Asia-Pacific a resilient region to disasters and be a part in making the world a safer place, 63 nations throughout the region have adopted the Bangkok Declaration. Key recommendations highlighted at the conference will be tabled for consideration under the Hyogo Framework for Action at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will take place in Sendai, Japan next year.