Sharing and Learning on Community Based Disaster Management in Asia Project

14 Jan 2013

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The Ministry of Civil Affairs of China, the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the United Nations development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new programme to help low income countries in Asia improve their resilience to natural disasters. Sharing and Learning on Community-Based Disaster Management in Asia hopes to strengthen regional co-operation with a first phase running until March 2015. A UK investment of £3 million (4.85US$) will be supported by Chinese government staff, technologies, facilities and domestic programme resources, all managed by UNDP.

This project constitutes the second initiative from the partnership created between Britain and China in 2011, and will further their goal of sharing resources to address mutual objectives to reduce poverty and achieve the millennium development goals. The governments of Bangladesh and Nepal will be the first to work with the programme.

Attendees of the launch ceremony included Jiang Li, Vice Minister of Civil Affairs China, Joy Hutcheon, Director General of the UK Department for International Development, and Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director of UNDP China, as well as Bangladeshi and other participants.