Joint Declaration To Reduce Disaster Risks In China, Japan And Korea
November 6, 2013
A joint declaration was issued to reduce disaster risk and strengthen regional cooperation in China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
AsianScientist (Nov. 6, 2013) – The Third Trilateral Heads of Government Agency Meeting on Disaster Management issued a joint declaration to reduce disaster risk and strengthen regional cooperation in the areas of technology, information management and training programs in China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
The series of collaborative initiatives was announced by China’s vice minister of Civil Affairs Gu Zhaoxi, Japan’s senior vice minister of the Cabinet Office Nishimura Yasutoshi, and administrator of National Emergency Management Agency of the Republic of Korea Nam Sang-ho.
The three countries will explore better compatibility of information on hazard profiles, disaster losses and disaster recovery. Joint research and development projects will be initiated to identify risks in order to improve on disaster responses and recovery.
As part of the collaboration, practical lessons will be shared on addressing underlying risk factors and climate change that result in increased disaster risks. Regular tabletop exercises will be designed to help the three countries prepare for hazards such as earthquakes and typhoons. Regional and global education, and training institutes in the three countries will be strengthened as part of efforts to develop joint disaster management programs for government officials.
The three countries also agreed to work with other partners, including the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, to strengthen the management of disaster data.
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