Climate change forum seeks ways to reduce effectsKorea
A three-day international conference on disaster management and prevention kicked off in Incheon on Tuesday, seeking to come up with joint measures to effectively respond to climate change.
The 4th U.N. Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction brought together about 800 people, including officials from more than 50 Asia-Pacific and European nations and those from U.N. organizations and non-governmental institutions.
The conference, held under the main theme “In Response to Climate Changes and for Disaster Risk Reduction,” is jointly hosted by the National Emergency Management Agency, Incheon City and the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Among the participants were ISDR chief Margareta Wahlstrm, Jingmi Y. Thinley, prime minister of Bhutan, South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, NEMA administrator Park Yeon-soo and Incheon Mayor Song Young-gil.
The conference was scheduled to discuss three major themes reinforcing capabilities in preventing disasters caused by climate change; sharing information and technology on preventing climate changes and precedents; and promoting “green growth.”
Kim said that South Korea will join international efforts to deal with climate change.
“Disasters caused by climate changes are serious. Reponses to climate changes are urgent matters as they are directly related to our life,” Kim said during his welcoming remarks.
“Seoul will actively share its accumulated know-how and technology, related to climate changes, and disaster management, and will expand cooperation in international projects (to deal with climate changes).”
Through a video message, U.N. Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to devise development policies in consideration of disaster risks and plan due responses to climate change.
“As we saw 20 million victims from the flood in Pakistan, disaster damages are concentrated on developing countries. Investment to reduce risks is desperately needed,” Ban said.
At the close of the conference, the “Incheon Declaration” on disaster risk reduction will be announced. Participants are also expected to reach an agreement on joint projects for Asia-Pacific countries to respond to climate change.
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