Launch of the Reformulated Law on Disaster Protection of Mongolia
By Ms. Beate Trankmann, United Nations Resident Coordinator
Corporate Convention Center, 15 March 2017
Excellency President Mr. Elbegdorj
Mr. J. Enkhbayar, Chair of Security and Foreign Policy Standing Committee of the Parliament, Member of the Parliament
Mr. N. Enkhbold, Chair of State Structure Standing Committee of the Parliament, Member of the Parliament
Mr. U. Khurelsukh, Deputy Prime Minister
Brigadier-General T. Badral, Chief of National Emergency Management Agency
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for inviting me to join you today on this important launch of the reformulated Law on Disaster Protection.
Disasters caused by natural hazards represent one of the biggest threats to human safety and sustainable development. It is well recognized that reducing disaster risks and strengthening community resilience is critical to ensuring that natural hazards – most of which we can’t control – do not turn into disasters. Laws and regulations serve as frameworks to guide a systematic approach to building such resilience. They are essential to foster strong governance mechanisms that reduce disaster risks, prevent new risks from arising and make communities safer.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reaffirms the urgent need to reduce the risk of disasters. The loss of lives and the destruction of livelihoods and assets in disasters set back hard-won development gains and worsen poverty. Inadequate investments in risk reduction lead to costly emergency responses absorbing resources that could have otherwise been invested in development.
Making development risk informed is the only way to make it sustainable! It is also more cost effective. Investing 1 US dollar into preparedness and prevention safes 7 USD in response.
I must congratulate the government of Mongolia on formulating this comprehensive policy document that has all the key ingredients critical for building safety and resilience including clear definitions of accountability and institutional mandates, the allocation of dedicated resources and the participation of communities and vulnerable groups. The unanimous passing of the law is testimony that Mongolia is forging ahead on the Sendai Framework as the global plan of action on Disaster Risk Reduction.
The inclusion of a new chapter on Humanitarian Assistance will guide effective humanitarian coordination with the engagement of all relevant stakeholders.
Ladies and Gentleman,
The United Nations has a long-standing relationship with the Government of Mongolia in preventing, preparing for and managing disasters. A decade ago, we helped establish the National Emergency Management Agency. Today, we are jointly managing the Humanitarian Country Team. United Nations agencies are working in their areas of expertise to help identify and reduce risks; to build national and local capacities for preparedness or emergency response; to educate and raise public awareness on disaster prevention and to assist rural and urban communities in overcoming their vulnerabilities and much more. We stand ready to continue and expand that work!