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PH to host disaster response dialogue among nations

Posted at 04/15/2014 11:20 AM

MANILA - After experiencing one of the worst typhoons in history, the Philippines is ready to share its knowledge via a dialogue it will host in September.

Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Cecilia Rebong said, “The Philippines is ready to host the 2nd Disaster Response Dialogue (DRD) in Manila on 11 and 12 September 2014.”

The Disaster Response Dialogue is the brainchild of the government of Switzerland, through its Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

It is aimed at improving the cooperation in international disaster assistance, identifying common challenges, exchanging best practices, and developing new ideas for moving forward with particular focus on the role of affected states.

Rebong said the country needs strategic partnerships with many nations amid the disasters it has and will still face. The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable nations to natural disasters.

“We need to engage in strategic partnership within and among actors of the UN system, IOs, NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent and Member States and to exchange best practices and lessons learned. We also need to reach out to new partners, including the academe, the private sector, and the media,” she said.

She said the country fully supports the DRD, which provides a facilitated platform for improving trust and mutual cooperation between disaster-prone countries and humanitarian actors.