Iran, ESCAP Ink Agreement on Disaster Information
- January, 22, 2021 - 15:46
- Politics news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) reaffirmed their partnership by signing the administrative and financial agreement for the Asian and Pacific Center for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM).
The agreement was signed by Iran’s Ambassador to Bangkok and Permanent Representative of Iran to ESCAP, Seyed Reza Nobakhti, and Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.
The agreement provides APDIM with the required operational support to carry out its mandate to reduce human and material losses due to natural hazards and contribute to the efficient design, investment and implementation of disaster risk reduction and resilience policies.
The proposal to establish APDIM was approved in an annual meeting of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 2015.
In January 2018, Head of Iran's Plan and Budget Organization Mohammad Baqer Nobakht and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Shamshad Akhtar signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of APDIM. The Iranian administration’s proposed bill on the center was ratified by Iran’s Guardian Council in 2019.
APDIM has been established with the purpose of natural disaster risk reduction through the exchange of technical capabilities and disaster information management among 66 Asian and Pacific countries. The Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management would strengthen Iran’s international position in the fields of humanitarian activities and disaster risk reduction.
APDIM strives to ensure that risk information, information capacity and application, and regional cooperation are in place and enhanced to support member States in the region in disaster risk reduction and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.