Asia Pacific works together to address natural disasters

Thursday, 2015-07-02 22:28:05
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Delegates discuss co-operation model among government leaders, businesses and charities in coping with natural disasters.
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NDO/VNA – More than 100 delegates from across the Asia Pacific region gathered at a regional forum held in Hanoi on July 2 to discuss a co-operation model among government leaders, businesses and charities in coping with natural disasters.

The Asia-Pacific region suffers from frequent natural disasters causing great losses in both human lives and property, heard the conference, highlighting the recent earthquake in Nepal as an example. In Vietnam, more than two million people are affected by storms each year.

Richard Welford, Chairman of Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia (CSR), stated that attention should be shifted from enterprise involvement in preparing for responses to disasters to sound co-ordination through the model.

The best results will be seen once the capability of each side is fully utilised, he noted.

According to Prudence Foundation Executive Director Marc Fancy, the model is expected to produce sustainable outcomes.

A forum document on effective co-operation measures will be published throughout the region in September.

This is the third time CSR and Prudence Foundation have co-organised the annual forum. Previously, it took place in Jakarta and Manila with a focus on the role of business communities in the prevention of and solutions to natural disasters.