ISLAMABAD – The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) held a one-day national seminar on Thursday called “Towards a Disaster Resilient Pakistan” to express solidarity with the victims of the 2005 earthquake and all disasters past.
According to a statement from NDMA, in order to commemorate National Day of Resilience, a one-day seminar entitled “Towards a Disaster Resilient Pakistan” was organized by NDMA in collaboration with UNDP and ADPC.
The seminar aimed to provide a platform to create and develop a relevant dialogue focused on climate change, the disaster management role of humanitarian communities and the management of health emergencies. He also stressed the importance of community engagement, risk awareness and the role of the media in disaster management.
In the opening session, NDMA President Lt. General Akhter Nawaz Satti welcomed all attendees / participants and underlined the importance of the day. He made special mention of Thursday’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the Harnai region of Balochistan at 3:00 am and said, “We share the grief of families who have lost loved ones and those injured. Rescue and relief activities have already started.
The NDMA President also paid tribute to the victims of all past disasters, especially the victims of the shocking earthquake of October 8, 2005. He also mentioned that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that disruptions to our social and economic routines are far reaching. consequences.
The Minister of Planning and Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, was the guest of honor on the occasion. In his speech, he said, “I still remember the nation’s enormous response after the earthquake of October 8, 2005. No one cared about the sect and the religion of the people involved, everyone cared. cared about them as siblings.
The minister said that we must understand that the negative impacts of climate change will not stop there but will increase enormously. “We need to work on disaster mitigation with an emphasis on preparedness. We especially need to strengthen provincial and local disaster management authorities, ”he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Javed Jabbar, former Minister of Information and Broadcasting, appreciated the spirit and resilience of the Pakistani nation and said Pakistan was born resilient.
Syed Fakher Imam, Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research, said that we must take serious and responsible action as we do in an emergency, for this we must make consolidated efforts as a nation.
The main guest of the closing session, Dr Faisal Sultan emphasized the preparedness phase and said that if more pandemics and epidemics could arise, we must make reforms to strengthen our sectors of the health. Good governance and coordination between organizations is an essential factor in dealing with disasters and health emergencies.
Among the other speakers was Julien Harnies. United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Dr Abid Qayyum Sulehri Executive Director (SDPI), Ms Huma Chughtai, Barrister Saad Rasool, Maj Gen Amir Ikram NIH, Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Dr Sarosh Hashmi Lodhi VC NED Karachi, Dr Farrukh SUPARO, Prof Dr. Ahmed Ali Gul UMT Lahore, Dr Shahzad Ali Khan Dean & VC Health Services Academy, and Dr Muhammad Umar VC Rawalpindi Medical University.