Early warning, crucial actions in natural disaster risk management: official | Environment

Flash flood in Ky Son, Nghe An (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Greater efforts and resources, including science and technology transfer, as well as early warnings and actions will help Vietnam mitigate natural disaster risks, an official said.

According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Hoang Hiep, being one of the five countries hardest hit by climate change and natural disasters, Vietnam has identified climate action and natural disaster risk management as one of its priorities.

Hiep, who is the deputy head of the National Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, said Vietnam has actively engaged in cooperation mechanisms on natural disaster mitigation, while implementing responsibly international protocols, treaties and agreements in this regard.

In particular, as the chairman of the ASEAN Committee on Natural Disaster Management in 2023, Vietnam is committed to serving as a bridge for cooperation between the association and countries in the Asia-Pacific region to seek strategic solutions to many risks at the same time, he said. .

Hiep said the UN should further strengthen its support to the most vulnerable countries in Asia-Pacific to improve their access to global multilateral funds.

Resources mobilized for related programs and projects should focus on improving the resilience of the most vulnerable communities to the growing impacts of climate change.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated October 13 as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction. The 2022 edition takes place during the mid-term review of the Sendai Framewhich will conclude at a high-level meeting of the General Assembly in May 2023 with a political declaration.

In 2022, the International Day will focus on Goal G of the Sendai Framework “Dramatically increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030”.

The Sendai Framework has seven global goals and 38 indicators to measure progress in disaster risk and loss reduction. These indicators align the implementation of the Sendai Framework with the Paris Agreement on climate change towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals./.