Monday, October 10, 2011

UN and Pakistan launch ‘Resilient Cities and One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals campaign’

South Asian News Agency: The United Nations and [Pakistan's] National Disaster Management Authority launched the “Resilient Cities and One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals campaign” in Islamabad here on Saturday. The campaign will focus on public awareness on disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction and aimed at creating a demand for building safer schools and hospitals.

Addressing the ceremony, Leader of the House in the Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari said with such kind of campaigns and other policy directions, the government will ensure that the schools and hospitals remain functional even during disaster.

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority said the launching of this campaign in Pakistan will add a new chapter in the disaster management system to make our cities safer, resilent and livable in the wake of disasters.

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Disaster Risk Margareta Wahlstrom appreciated Pakistan’s initiative to launch the campaign saying the social impact of such initiatives goes beyond the effects of disasters. She said one million safe schools and hospitals campaign is a global advocacy initiative to make schools and hospitals safer...

AlKhadim Memorial Hospital, shot by Talha, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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