A message delivered by H.E. Willem Rampangilei, Deputy Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia, on behalf of H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia and UNISDR Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction.
I wish to begin by extending appreciation to His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser, President of the 66th General Assembly, for organizing the Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction. This is an important initiative allowing member states to discuss ways in mobilizing resources and promoting international cooperation on disaster risk reduction (DRR).
For disaster-prone countries like Indonesia, DRR is of utmost importance. We have experienced various types of disasters that not only take lives but also paralyse the social and economic
foundations of the survivors. Needless to say, DRR can actually save what we have built and developed for years. Therefore, we continue to put DRR as a high priority in our national agenda. Our objective is to make Indonesia become more resilient against disasters.
Achieving national DRR capacity is a process. In our case, we started by shifting the paradigm of disaster management-from emergency response and recovery to a more comprehensive approach. We invest resources in disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. We have integrated DRR into our legislation and national development plan in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action. We now have National Disaster Management Plan 2010-2014, and National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Indonesia attaches great significance to regional and international cooperation in enhancing DRR capacity. Through ASEAN, we have collaborated to achieve a resilient ASEAN Community by promoting a culture of prevention across the region. To promote DRR cooperation in a broader region, Indonesia will host the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 22-25 October this year. We hope that through this Conference, we will attain a new milestone in advancing the DRR agenda in Asia and the Pacific.
At the global level, Indonesia attaches particular importance to The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience for Nations and Communities to Disasters. The role of the UN in the implementation by individual countries of the Hyogo Framework for Action is essential, I welcome the UN's contribution in assisting disaster-prone developing countries with DRR initiatives, and in supporting their efforts with technical assistance and capacity development.
To conclude, let us use this forum to step up joint efforts and international cooperation in response to the global DRR challenges. We must ensure that all nations become more resilient against disasters. And, as we come near to the Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June this year, I do hope that this debate would contribute to the strengthening of DRR capacity in the framework of sustainable development.
I thank you.
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