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Islamabad, January 27, 2023: OCHA Head Calls On Chairman NDMA

Government of Pakistan

Prime Minister’s Office

National Disaster Management Authority

Press Release

OCHA Head Calls On Chairman NDMA

(Islamabad, January 27, 2023) –Mr. Carlos Geha, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA’s Head of Office for Pakistan called on Chairman NDMA, Lieutenant General Inam Haider Malik in his office. 

Chairman NDMA discussed the contours of Remodeled National Preparedness and Response system and stated that Pakistan is aiming to strengthen the community based preparedness regime through national level simulation exercises to mitigate the impact of climate-induced disasters/emergencies in the country. He added that digitally updated National Emergencies & Operations Center (NEOC) would be house of collaborative data for early warning system, generating alerts & consequently information-based decision making for proactive management of disaster or emergency in given circumstance.  

Chairman NDMA also outlined the role of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) to facilitate multi-sectoral researches along with countrywide universities in field disaster management and formulate research- driven modules for contingency plans and mock exercises to build national resilience towards climatic hazards. 

OCHA Head commended the NDMA’s plan to transform disaster management system in Pakistan and extended his organization’s full support to accomplish these tasks.

Both sides agreed upon establishing benchmarks for joint ventures and arranging the staff-level meetings on monthly basis to meet common objectives for building resilience and better response mechanism in hazard prone areas.