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Islamabad

February 11, 2009

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NDMA enters into partnership with UN

NDMA enters into partnership with UN

Islamabad

Thirteen agencies of the United Nations (UN) have combined their strength to ensure a comprehensive response to disaster risk management in Pakistan and signed a two-year programme.

The programme for 2009-2010 is estimated to cost around US $66.359 million.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Senior Member Shaukat Nawaz Tahir, the co-chairs of the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Joint Programme, Mikiko (Acting country Director UNDP), Wolfgang Herbinger (Country Director WFP), and Country heads / representatives of FAO, ILO, IOM, Unaids, Unesco, Unifem, UNFPA, Unhabitat, UNHCR, Unicef and WHO signed the United Nations (UN) Pakistan Joint Programme Document in the presence of the Senior Officials of Economic Affairs Division (EAD).

In January 2009 National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) headed by prime minister approved national action plan of NDMA for years 2009-2010 for disaster risk management capacity building.

The DRM joint programme will assist the Government of Pakistan in developing national capacities and systems for disaster risk management on sustainable basis. These initiatives will reduce the impact of disasters on the poor and most vulnerable segments of the population, increase national and local level community capacities to be better prepared and to timely respond to the occurrence of disaster and thus contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

The programme will also address disasters resulting from communicable diseases and food shortages. The NDMA and UN will work with relevant government counterparts at the federal, provincial and district level along with NGOs and the private sector for the implementation of this joint programme.

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