Dawn Del Rio | Remarks at Joint meeting of the MAPDRR, 2020 Technical Working Groups

Jun 16, 2017

Dr. Ko Ko Naing, Director General, Relief and Resettlement Department,
Senior Representatives of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, the General Administration Department, the Planning Department, the Department of Highways
Chair and members of Technical Working Group on Risk Assessment, Risk Governance, and Resilient Development, Disaster Recovery and Preparedness
Senior Officials from the Union and State/Region Governments,
Representatives from Development partners and CSOs,
Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen,

A very good morning to you all!

It is a great pleasure for me to give remarks in the Joint Meeting of the Technical Working Group on the draft of new Myanmar Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction.  I join Ko Ko Naing in welcoming you all to this important meeting.
Let me start by thanking the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement for facilitating the whole process of drafting of the new MAPDRR under the auspices of the National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC).
I would like to congratulate chairs of the four Technical Working Groups and Chair of the Task Force for this the comprehensive draft Action Plan.  The draft is well aligned with national, regional and global development agendas and disaster risk reduction frameworks, including the new 12-point economic policy of Myanmar; the National Comprehensive Development Plan, 2030; the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The draft Action Plan also reflects well the underlying factors of disaster risk such as unsustainable development, climate change, declining ecosystem and poverty. And it gives a special attention to the needs of vulnerable groups such as women, people with disabilities, children and aged, who are often the mostly affected during a disaster.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Myanmar is ranked second among the countries most affected by extreme weather events betwen1996-2015, in accordance with a long-term global climate risk index 2017. The Country is prone to multiple disaster risk, including floods, earthquake, tsunami, cyclone, fire, landslide, and drought. During the floods of 2015, 12 out of 14 region/states of the country were affected. Total damage and loss was estimated to be US$ 1.51 billion i.e. 3.1 per cent of Myanmar’s GDP in 2014-15.

The Government has made significant effort in disaster risk management, including adoption of the disaster Law in 2013 and the disaster law in 2015. The Government will need to introduce more under-law regulation and measure to put the law in practices to reduce risk and protect lives and livelihoods of local people.  

It is encouraging that Myanmar has set an ambitious vision to be a middle-income country by 2030 in its National Comprehensive Development Plan. The 12-pont new Economic policy has prioritised infrastructure such as electricity generation, roads and ports, apart from other thrust areas. The country is also aiming to be a logistic hub due to its strategic location surrounded by big rising economies.

However, without proper risk-informed planning and investment processes and policies, these envisaged or planned development may have profound impact on disaster risk landscape of the country, they may increase disaster risk.

In this context, the adoption of the new comprehensive MAPDRR is very timely and essential, as it could help in protecting hard won developments, but also help to reducing and avoiding creating new risk.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
UNDP has been a humble partner in this process and facilitated the entire process hand-in-hand with the Relief and Resettlement Department. The entire process has been consultative. We were able to organise eight (8) meetings of Technical working groups; three (3) Task force meetings, which guided the overall process and took strategic decisions; four (4) sub-national consultations in different geographical areas and (3) technical consultations on specific themes of risk reduction in last 7 months.  

The MAPDRR process provided a neutral platform for bringing voices of civil society organisations, private sectors, professional bodies and other development partners, and more than international and national non-government organizations of the Myanmar Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Working Group.

This is an intensive and enriching process, so we should continue this dynamism in the implementation phase.

Today’s consultation is very important, as it will help in discussing the finer nuances of implementation plan and in identifying cross linkages for leveraging resources.  The presence of line departments, sub-national planning, sub-national disaster management bodies, UN agencies, professional bodies, donor, CSOs and other development partners in today’s workshop provides a very good platform. I am sure today’s consultation will be very enriching and fruitful.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
The MAPDRR drafting process including this meeting are held under the auspices of NDMC and jointly organized by UNDP, RRD and DRR Working Group with financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland and UNDP.

I would like to reiterate the commitment of UNDP to the new MAPDRR process and ensure that UNDP is committed to successful drafting as well as implementation of this action plan.

I would like to thank each one of you being part of this extremely important process. I am personally looking forward to output of this consultation.

I wish all of you all success and a productive workshop.

Thank you.

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