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Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Reduction Forum launched

A joint forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Bank has launched a co-operation program to strengthen disaster-risk-reduction and disaster-management in Southeast Asia.

The initiative was started Monday during the tripartite Disaster Risk Reduction forum in Bali, Indonesia.

The first conference of the forum will continue till Wednesday and be followed by a two-day training workshop.

The program is based on a biennial Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, prepared by UNISDR.

It aims to help the ASEAN reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards, thus protecting its people from the impact of extreme weather conditions and calamities. The three international entities signed the Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) on Disaster-Risk-Reduction.

Under the agreement, the UN and the World Bank will provide technical support to help the ASEAN formulate and implement strategies and action plans for disaster-risk-reduction and management for its 10 member-countries.

A region that is vulnerable to natural disasters, Southeast Asia witnessed major catastrophes, including the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006 and the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar last year.

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