Australia to host International Disaster Risk Conference

BYYasir Rehman

Photo: The Australian

Australia will host International Disaster Risk Conference next year designed to enhance government understanding of disaster risks and strengthen the ability to respond to disasters across the Indo-Pacific.

Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in Brisbane 23-26 June, 2020, said a statement from ministry of foreign affairs.

The 2020 conference will bring together government, business, researchers and communities to discuss action on reducing the humanitarian, economic and environmental costs of disasters in our region.

Hosting this conference will provide an opportunity to share Australian experiences as well as learn from our neighbors who face similar challenges, increasing our collective understanding of disaster risks. Working together will help us to save lives, minimize economic loss and ensure no one is left behind during a disaster.

According to the statement this region has a high incidence of natural disasters. In 2018, seven of the ten countries with the highest disaster-related deaths were in the Indo-Pacific.