UN Secretary general suggests that Thailand undergo routine disaster drills

Thursday, 26 June 2014 By  NNT

A Special Representative to the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction is suggesting that relevant Thai organizations should conduct routine drills in order to lower the potential of damage when disasters strike. 

Miss Margareta Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction said at The Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2014 (6th AMCDRR) that Thailand has learnt a lot about disasters still even after 10 years since the Indian Ocean Tsunami hit in 2004.

She suggested that all parties should work together closely and discuss the issue more seriously. In addition, she repeated that a strong early warning system is necessary for disaster risk reduction. She said that early warning drills should continue to be practiced and made routine.

The Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2014 (6th AMCDRR) being held on 22-26 June at the Bangkok Convention Center at Central World in Bangkok is helping to set priorities concerning disaster risk reduction for Asia-Pacific in order to make the region a pioneer of practical solutions to build resilience.

The current conference is the sixth edition and is co-hosted by the Minister of Interior of Thailand and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction under the theme: “Promoting Investment for Resilient Nations and Communities”.

This conference is the last regional inter-government meeting in Asia before the completion of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 and it is being attended by government ministers and top disaster management officials from 63 countries.

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