HANOI, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Disaster management and
emergency response are among top priorities of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s members and partners.
The statement was made by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
at the opening ceremony of the second meeting of the Conference of the
Parties (COP-2) to the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and
Emergency Response (AADMER) in capital Hanoi on Thursday.
In recent years, natural disasters occurred more frequently and
unexpectedly with stronger scale and density, especially sea level rise
and saline intrusion, Dung said.
The signing of the AADMER has created legal framework to strengthen
cooperation in natural disasters prevention and mitigation in the
region, and the first phase of the agreement ( 2010-2012) has recorded
During the conference, which will define the directions for the
second phase of the agreement (2013-2015), participants are expected to
focus on discussion of mobilizing resources to fulfill projects,
concretizing commitments into each country member's national development
programs and the restoring of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster
Dung expressed his belief that with high-level
political commitments and efforts of the regional countries, the goal of
establishing an ASEAN Community with strong resilience in facing
disasters will be fulfilled.
In Vietnam, natural disasters killed around 300 people annually in
the past 10 years, causing losses roughly equal to 1.5 percent of its
annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).