Indonesia Invites ASEAN Countries to Build Resilience to Reduce Disaster Risks
Date 13 Oktober 2016
Learning from a series of massive disasters that cause massive losses, either material losses or human lives, Indonesia invited the ASEAN countries to always build resilience in reducing disaster risks.This invitation was delivered by Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono when representing President Joko Widodo at the Opening of the 4th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Thursday (13/10).
Previously, on 6 September 2016, President Joko Widodo has signed the Declaration of One ASEAN One Response of Disaster Management inside and outside Southeast Asian region. The signing was conducted with other 9 leaders of ASEAN countries.
Devastating natural disasters, for example tsunami in Aceh, becomes a wake up call for all ASEAN countries, Minister Basuki said. Building resilience of ASEAN countries is a key success of regional disaster management, the Minister further said. Therefore, he encouraged the ASEAN countries to build resilience in facing disasters. With the signing of One ASEAN One Response, the ASEAN countries have shown their commitment, hesaid.
The Minister also expected there would be measures to reduce the risks of disasters. I hope this 4thConference could generate positive breakthroughs and can produce a resilient ASEAN community, Basuki further said.
To officially open the conference, Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and a number of ASEAN countries delegations planted Mangrove in Bahowo Beach. (BKP Kementerian PUPR/ES)(MMB/YM/Naster)