NDMA organized a one-day National Seminar “Towards a Disaster Resilient Pakistan” in the context of 8th Oct being celebrated as ‘National Resilience Day’
NDMA organized a one-day National Seminar titled “Towards a Disaster Resilient Pakistan”, here in Islamabad today.
Islamabad; 7 October, 2021: The Government of Pakistan observes 8th Oct as ‘National Resilience Day’ every year to express solidarity with victims of 2005 earthquake and all past disasters. This year the day is marked with the motto
“ ہمارا عزم آفات سے محفو ظ پاکستان، مضبوط پاکستان
In order to commemorate the National Resilience Day, a day-long seminar titled “Towards a Disaster Resilient Pakistan” was organized by NDMA in collaboration with UNDP & ADPC here today in Islamabad.
The seminar was aimed to provide a platform to create and develop a relevant dialogue focused on climate change, disaster management role of humanitarian communities and coping with health emergencies. It also emphasized importance of community engagement, risk awareness and role of media with regards to disaster management.
At opening session Chairman NDMA Lt. General Akhter Nawaz Satti welcomed all participants-attendees and highlighted the importance of the Day. He specially mentioned about today’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit area of Baluchistan Harnai today at 0300 am and said that “we share the grief of the families who lost their loved ones and those injured, rescue and relief activities have already started”. The Chairman later paid homage to the victims of all past disasters, especially the victims of shocking earthquake of 8th October 2005. He also mentioned that ongoing Covid 19 pandemic has more than highlighted that disruptions in our social and economic routines have far reaching consequences.
The Chief Guest Mr. Asad Umar Minister for Planning and Development and Special Initiatives said that I still remember the enormous response of nation after the 8th Oct earthquake; no one was concerned about the sect and religion of affected people, everyone was concerned about them as brothers and sisters. The Minister further said that need of the hour is to imbed disaster management in our national planning. We need to understand that the negative impacts of climate change will not stop here but grow immensely. We need to work on mitigation of disasters with emphasis on preparedness. We specially need to strengthen the NDRMF and provincial and local disaster management authorities.
While speaking to the seminar Mr. Javed Jabbar former minister for information & broadcasting appreciated the spirit and resilience of Pakistani nation and said that Pakistan was born resilient.
On the occasion Syed Fakher Imam Federal minister for National Food Security and research on the occasion said that we need to take serious and responsible actions as we take during emergencies, for that we need to put consolidated efforts as a nation.
The Chief Guest of the closing session Dr. Faisal Sultan emphasized on the preparedness phase and said that more pandemics and epidemics may come, we need to bring reforms to strengthen our health sectors. Good governance and coordination among organizations is a must factor to deal with the disasters and health emergencies.
At the end Chairman NDMA thanked the chief guests and eminent speakers for their valuable inputs/discussion and the suggested way forward for a disaster resilient Pakistan.
Speakers included Mr. Javed Jabbar former minister for information & broadcasting, Mr. Julien Harnies UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Dr. Abid Qayyum Sulehri Executive Director, (SDPI), Ms. Huma Chughtai, Barrister Saad Rasool, Major General Amir Ikram NIH, Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Dr. Sarosh Hashmi Lodhi VC NED Karachi, Dr. Farrukh SUPARO, Prof Dr. Ahmed Ali Gul UMT Lahore, Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan Dean & VC Health Services Academy, and Dr. Muhammad Umar VC Rawalpindi Medical University.
Seminar was followed by an interesting question and answer session among the audience and speakers.