Quang Ninh hosts the ceremony to mark International Day for Disaster Reduction
The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, in coordination with the Australian Embassy in Vietnam and related partners, held a ceremony in response to the International Day for Disaster Reduction and ASEAN Day for Disaster Management at Bai Chay Primary and Secondary School on October 13.
The event drew the participation of officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), representatives of natural disaster prevention and control agencies of ASEAN member states, ASEAN dialogue partners, United Nations agencies, international organisations and more than 300 students and teachers of the school.
The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is observed by the United Nations every year on October 13. It is dedicated to fostering awareness about disasters and their impact on living beings as well as to praising individuals and groups working in the field of natural disaster prevention and control.
The day is also chosen as ASEAN Day for Disaster Management, aiming to attract the attention of the ASEAN community in this regard and call for international cooperation to join hands to build safe communities and areas that are resilient to natural disasters.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Hoang Hiep highlighted Vietnam's remarkable results in natural disaster prevention and control work.
He attributed the achievement to the efforts of the Government, ministries, agencies, localities and Vietnamese people as well as valuable assistance from international friends, including the Australian Embassy in Vietnam which has provided much support to the MARD during its term as chair of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management in the past year.
The deputy minister said 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the ASEAN Committee on Natural Disaster Management. This is an opportunity to congratulate the success of the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and "Ha Long Declaration in Early Action in ASEAN Disaster Management”, he added.