The loss of life and property and the challenges that were faced in the aftermath of October 2005 earthquake affecting Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the NWFP province exhibited the need for establishing appropriate policy and institutional arrangements to reduce losses from disasters in future. The earthquake tested the resilience and capacity of Pakistan and its people to overcome catastrophes.
The need for strong institutional and policy arrangements has been fulfilled with the establishment of the National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC), the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and the passing of the National Disaster Management Ordinance, 2006.
This Framework prepared with active participation of multiple stakeholders serves as a
vision document for leading the way towards a safer Pakistan. The Framework provides
guidelines to coordinate activities of numerous stakeholders. It also sets out priorities for
mobilization of resources from donors and development partners of Pakistan to
implement strategic activities during the next five years.
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