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Iran has increasingly-powerful capacity to respond to natural disaster- UN official

Tehran, Aug 19, IRNA – A senior United Nations official here on Monday praised Iran’s capacity to respond to natural disasters, United Nations Information Center said in a press release on Monday.

“Iran has demonstrated a strong and increasingly-powerful capacity to respond to natural disasters – especially after the lessons learnt following the tragic earthquake in Bam in 2003,” said UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis.

Addressing a ceremony marking World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2013, Lewis added that since Bam earthquake, Iran has built up an enviable capacity on disaster risk reduction and management.

Lewis who is also United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in Iran said indeed, Iran is among the first countries in the Asia and the Pacific to establish a national platform for disaster management upon recommendation of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA).

He pointed out that Iran has promulgated the national disaster management act in 2009 and established the National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO). These entities – and the constant drilling and coordination which takes place – will reduce – but not eliminate – the impact of those disasters which may befall us in the future.

Lewis said the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has a considerable strength in providing immediate response and relief to affected populations, not only within the country, but also throughout the region – and beyond.

He pointed out that the UN has watched with enthusiasm as the IRCS has become active in many emergencies beyond Iran’s borders – emergencies like those in China, Pakistan, Haiti, Somalia, Turkey and many countries of the Central Asia.
“We encourage Iran to continue – and even increase – the share of this capacity – and this expertise – on a regional basis for countries which need Iran’s help,” he added.

He said the United Nations humanitarian team in Iran welcomes partnership with private sector and stands ready to build joint initiatives that assist people affected by disasters across the country or beyond.



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