Ministers from ASEAN countries have gathered in Ha Noi to review their
efforts towards building an ASEAN community resilient to disasters.
specific objective is to assess the implementation of the ASEAN
Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) during
the first phase from 2010 to 2012. They will also discuss an action plan
for the second phase from 2013 to 2015.
Speaking at the opening
ceremony of the second meeting of parties, Viet Nam Prime Minister
Nguyen Tan Dung said the ratification of AADMER had created an important
regional framework strengthening disaster mitigation and response.
said ASEAN members had made encouraging progress in risk
identification, assessment and monitoring; prevention and mitigation;
preparedness; and rehabilitation.
He urged participants to focus
on streamlining the ASEAN agreement at the national level, giving
priority to establishing early warning systems, raising awareness and
investing in disaster-prepared infrastructure.
The first meeting of the conference was held in Jakarta last March.