Bahrain reiterates commitment Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Following an invitation extended to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa by the President of the 77th UNGA session, Csaba Korosi, and assigned by the Cabinet, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the USA attended the high-level meeting for the mid-term review of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015/2030, which was held on May 18 and 19, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Addressing the meeting, the ambassador said that Bahrain has set a national strategy for disaster risk reduction, in line with the “Sendai Framework” and the risk analysis and management mechanism according to the procedures approved by the United Nations.

He commended the UN-led effort to enhance international cooperation and achieve security, peace, development and prosperity for the benefit of all peoples of the world.

He stressed Bahrain’s resolve to continue its contribution to the UN activities and support to its benevolent efforts for the benefit of all countries of the world.

He noted that Bahrain has set up the Civil Defense Council, which was recently restructured under the chairmanship of the Minister of Interior to ensure effective response to disasters, emergencies and crises and take appropriate measures for the recovery phase.

He pointed out that 78% of these goals have been included in the Government’s work program, adding that ministries and competent authorities have been assigned to incorporate them in their plans.

“The Government has also adopted many urgent programs and plans, laws and regulations which are necessary to mitigate risks”, he said, citing the national strategy for reducing risks in addition to the detailed record of national risk indicators that is updated periodically.

He noted that all Government agencies participated in developing the necessary preventive plans and conducting joint national exercises in partnership with private sector institutions and civil society institutions to ensure the achievement of all the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction over the next three years.

Work is also underway to set up a national platform to spread awareness, engage civil society in government efforts, and consolidate the principle of community partnership to reduce the risks of emergencies and disasters.

The ambassador said that the achievement of the “Sendai Framework” requires a collective effort and international commitment to constructive partnership and cooperation among all countries of the world.

“Bahrain calls for the establishment of an effective international emergency system, as the “Covid-19” pandemic showed that the dangers to humanity are not limited to weapons, but also unexpected threats beyond human control”, he said.

He stressed the importance of establishing national centers to supervise the achievement of the goals of the Sendai Framework, as well as regional offices to develop the required mechanisms for follow-up, coordination and training to support developing countries most in need of assistance.

The meeting, which was held under the theme “Working together to reduce risks for a resilient future”, covered a number of targeted topics that contribute to charting paths suitable for human life and nature.

Source: Bahrain News Agency