ECO-UNISDR Reviewed Cooperation

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) discussed the areas of enhanced cooperation on disasters-related issues on 12 June 2014. In a meeting in the UNISDR office in Geneva, Mrs. Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and the ECO Deputy Secretary General Mr. S. Alavi Sabzevari discussed the state of play of bilateral cooperation since conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2007.

In the meeting,  the ECO Deputy Secretary General presented a brief report on the recent ECO activities in the areas relating to the disasters and on the very recent "7th ECO International Conference on Disaster Risk Management" in Gabala , Republic of Azerbaijan.

While acknowledging the imperative of disaster risk reduction for ECO region as one of the disaster-prone regions in the world, the Special Representative emphasized the need for giving the priority to the risk reduction where monitoring and reporting systems at the national levels play important roles. She highlighted the role regional organizations such as ECO can play in this regard.

Mrs. Wahlström also referred to the ongoing preparatory process for the next UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (March 2015, Sendai Japan) which also entails regional components. She proposed that ECO, as a regional arrangement for economic cooperation, may also work on the economic impacts of disasters.   

The two sides agreed to continue coordination for better cooperation.