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UN and NDMA jointly reviewed disaster management related projects and the state of emergency response preparedness and agreed to enhance overall coordination between the stakeholders in  a high level meeting organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) here on Monday 5 December. The meeting was co-chaired by the Chairman NDMA Maj. Gen. Asghar Nawaz and the United Nations Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Neil Buhne participated by relevant UN Agencies.

Chairman NDMA said that the UN and NDMA collaborative and coordinated efforts will enable us to align our disaster management planning and implementation with Pakistan’s commitments to global frameworks including Sendai Framework, Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. He highlighted NDMA’s contribution to global and regional efforts such as World Humanitarian Summit.

Mr. Neil Buhne appreciated NDMA’s engagement with and support to the United Nations in Pakistan and highlighted the importance of joint preparedness efforts for an effective, coordinated and early response to sudden onset emergencies in Pakistan. He also appreciated the government of Pakistan contribution to regional and global efforts in the field of disaster management and renewed the UN commitment to compliment the government of Pakistan efforts.      

Ms. Heli Uusikyla, Head of OCHA Pakistan gave an overview of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) Humanitarian Strategic Planning and Emergency Response Preparedness Planning. She noted that OCHA is working on Disaster Response Framework (Coordination, Assessment, Response Planning, and Facilitation of international humanitarian assistance) for coordinated response when requested and supporting the Recue 1122 on INSARAG External Classification (IEC) process. She highlighted OCHA and NDMA collaboration on a number of initiatives including developing strategic guidelines on cash transfer programming and guidelines on coordinated assessment.