1st Regional Technical Group Meeting


"CONSULTATION MEETING OF REGIONAL TECHNICAL FOCAL POINTS
             Tit FORMULATE DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR

DISASTER MANAGEMENT – CONFIDENCE  BUILDING MEASURES
                                  (DM-CBIVIs) – ISLAMABAD

      September 20, 2112

 

Record of  Meeting

1, Consultation Meeting of the Lead Technical Focal Points and the Regional Technical Focal Points was convened on 20 September, 2012 in Islamabad, Pakistan as the first technical level follow-up of The 'Heart of Asia' Ministerial Conference — Kabul  ministerial meeting held on 14 June 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan under the Istanbul Process.

2,  The basic aim and objective of the meeting was to formulate and agree on a draft implementation plan for "Heart of Asia" Disaster Management – Confidence Building Measure (DM-CBM), jointly formulated by the Co — Lead countries on DM — CBM and circulated ahead of the meeting for inputs / comments, if any, in advance of regional technical focal points meeting,

3. The meeting was attended by representatives of the two lead Technical Focal Points (Pakistan and Kazakhstan), representatives of five out of remaining six regional technical focal point countries from the °Heart of Asia' countries (listed in paragraph  12), representatives of three supporting countries (listed in paragraph 13) and  representatives from four international organisations (listed in paragraph 13).

4.On the desire shown by Poland, it was unanimously agreed upon to include it as one of the supporting country of DM-CBM. Poland offered their support in capacity building in the form of on ground training of trainers by Polish experts on Disaster  Management and computer based tailor made simulations/disaster management games in Poland.

5. Stressing the importance of intensifying cooperation and dialogue Afghanistan requested the supporter countries and international organizations to come up for building Afghanistan's capacity in the disaster management sector especially in terms  of search  and  rescue  machinery,  early  warning  system  and  technical  equipment to respond to disaster situations.

6.In the interest of ensuring a comprehensive approach towards implementation of the DM-CBM  related  early  warning  system,  OCHA  impressed  upon  regional cooperation among the 'Heart of Asia' countries. Norway while reaffirming the importance of this area offered their specialized support in practical terms.

7. While noting the importance, technical and elaborate nature of the DM-CBM implementation plan, Indian representative informed that once the technical focal point is identified they would be sending their comments on the implementation plan.

8. Pakistan and Kazakhstan presented the draft implementation plan (Annexure-1) which was discussed by the members present. It was decided to defer the adoption of the draft implementation plan. Participants were requested to solicit inputs from technical experts as soon as possible. The draft shall be adopted once such remaining inputs have been received,  A special meeting shall be called for this purpose in due course,

9. Japan, which could not attend the meeting, sent its written comments stating that in the process of actually implementing the plan, it is vitally important to take a realistic and incremental approach rather than an excessively ambitious one. Furthermore, considering, the value and sensitivity of water resource for the countries concerned, it is uncertain to what extent these stakeholders could cooperate in sharing information on hydro-rneteorological data of the international rivers in the region. The possibility of such cooperation should be cautiously examined. However, while appreciating the tangible progress on DM-CBM, Japan expressed the hope that consultation process with the supporting countries would continue towards the items that warrant their involvement and support in the implementation of the DM- CBM.

10. All the participants re-affirmed their support towards implementation of the DM-CBM in order to take the Istanbul Process further.

11. Recognizing the bilateral, multilateral and regional cooperation in the field of disaster management  as  the  most  important  strategy  to  tackle  the  hydro meteorological disasters being compounded by climate change besides other natural disasters, that simultaneously effect one or more countries; we reiterate our strong commitment to achieve the common objective of building the resilience and promoting sustainable development. In this regard we reaffirm our desire to work together through the Istanbul Process as well as other existing regional processes.

12.This record of meeting was unanimously adopted (except Iran which was not represented) on the 20th day of September, 2012 by all the representatives from regional technical focal points of the 'Heart of Asia' Countries, which consist of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of India, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of Turkey.

13. This initial implementation   plan   was   welcomed   and   supported   by   the representatives of the Republic of Poland, Sweden, and the Royal Kingdom of Norway, as well as the World Food Programme, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), World Bank and the European Union (EU).

14. It was decided to present this record of meeting on DM-CBM to the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the 'Heart of Asia' Countries, scheduled to be held on 24th September, 2012, in New York.                                              •

15. The participants expressed their gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for hosting this important first follow up technical level consultation meeting after the Kabul Ministerial Conference and commend its leadership and   commitment  to taking the   Istanbul Process  forward in  the  interest of  lasting security  and confidence building in the region.

16. The detailed list of participants of the meetings is at Annexure-ID.