United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
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This meeting will be held from 20 to 22 February 2012 in Bangkok, as a follow-up activity to the Expert Group Meeting on Geo-reference Disaster Risk Management System in Asia-Pacific Region held from 15 to 17 February 2012 in Bangkok , and also an activity of the project entitled “ Improving Disaster Risk Preparedness in the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Region ” which ESCAP is currently implementing . This project has the overall goal of strengthening government capacities in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through the use of geo-referenced information tools for effective disaster risk preparedness, and timely early recovery efforts in the Asia-Pacific region with focus on countries with special needs (CSN).
The workshop will discuss the importance of standardized geo-referenced information, and necessity of having a strong institutional mechanism and coordination for data/information sharing among the relevant national agencies, and networking and community of practices for an effective disaster risk management, among others. This 3-day workshop will also include the study/field visit (venue to be decided) targetted the high level decision/policymakers working in the area of disaster risk management and geo-referenced information from South-east and East Asia, and the Pacific.
The workshop is expected to be attended by about 30 international and local participants (high level government decision/policy makers and international/regional/sub-regional and inter-governmental organizations ) in the region, particularly from South-east and East Asia, and the Pacific.
For more information, please write at escap-sas [at] un.org.