Disaster risk reduction forum opens

The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) started in Bangkok on Tuesday with ministers from Asia and the Pacific discussing a collective disaster response and recovery plan.

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The conference is at the Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, from June 24 to 26. It is being attended by government ministers and representatives of organisations from 63 countries.

Participants are working out policies to reduce disaster risk in Asia and the Pacific and plans to assist in a quicker recover from disasters. 

Supreme Commander Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, a deputy chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, opened the conference on Tuesday morning. He said it would focus on investment to empower countries and communities to handle disasters and recover quickly from them.

Wibul Sanguanpong, permanent interior secretary, said the conference discussed investment for sustainable protection from disasters, the empowerment of communities, investment in the private sector and the management roles of governments.

At its conclusion the participating countries would announce a Bangkok Declaration on cooperation in disaster risk reduction.

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