Islamabad, 19 August 2023 (TDI): The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has inaugurated a groundbreaking event, the “Disaster Risk Reduction” Expo, that brought together experts, officials, and stakeholders in the heart of Pakistan’s capital city.
Transitioning seamlessly into the digital age, the expo invites attendees to join the discourse on social media platforms using the hashtag #PEDRR2023. Green Talks, group discussions, and enlightening seminars have been strategically organized to ensure an enriching experience for all participants.
Inaugural ceremony for Pakistan's First Ever Expo on Disaster Risk Reduction was held on 16th August. Deputy Chairman Senate, Mr Mirza M Afridi was the Chief Guest.#PEDRR has begun!
1️⃣ Green Talks, 2️⃣ Group Discussions and 3️⃣ Seminars were held.
— NDMA PAKISTAN (@ndmapk) August 17, 2023
The expo was initiated by Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi, marking a historic moment of collaboration and commitment. In his address, he praised the collaborative initiatives that engage universities in disaster risk reduction.
With the challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters growing ever more pressing, he discussed the urgency of innovative, technologically advanced solutions.
Furthermore, he stressed, “Our response to recent calamities must be grounded in innovation. The ideas of our youth are invaluable for charting a path towards disaster resilience, and their insights must be integrated.”
Deputy Chairman Senate Afridi expressed gratitude for the vital role that Pakistani non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play. He acknowledged their unwavering support in aiding disaster victims, underscoring that they provide a beacon of hope and assistance during times of catastrophe.
Highlighting the profound impacts of disasters on critical infrastructure, Afridi paid tribute to those who’ve selflessly sacrificed while helping others during times of disaster.
“Climate change casts a long shadow; it’s our collective responsibility to transform our attitudes to avert impending disasters,” Afridi emphasized, underscoring the necessity of proactive measures to mitigate climate-induced challenges.
Addressing the same event on August 18, Speaker National Assembly (NA) reinforced the critical need for investment in disaster preparedness. Despite Pakistan’s minimal contribution to global climate change, it ranks among the top 10 most vulnerable nations.
Speaker National Assembly highlighted that proactively investing in disaster preparedness holds greater benefits than post-disaster management. “Prioritizing collaboration with both local and international communities on resilience-induced regulations”, he delivered these remarks during the Expo’s Closing Ceremony held at the Pak-China Friendship Centre in Islamabad.
He acknowledged the role of NDMA and National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) in global disaster risk management capacity-building. Despite contributing less than 1% to global carbon emissions, Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate crises is substantial.
Speaker National Assembly, praised international assistance during instances of natural calamities, expressing gratitude for the support extended to Pakistan.
The National Assembly’s proactive approach and scrutiny of climate action showcased its commitment to addressing environmental challenges.
The Parliament of Pakistan’s vibrant parliamentary diplomacy underscores its focus on global challenges. A special fund, ‘Creating a Global Fund for Climate Vulnerable Countries,’ was proposed. The commitment to enhancing comprehensive national capabilities to counter climate change effects remains steadfast.